Gallery

You can find here pictures or videos related to my research, sometimes with comments (most of the pictures are resized: right click on them to show them in real size).

Tilings by squares

Consider the tilings of a grid by two squares, respectively of side 1 and c>1 (for c=2 this is related to the king problem, and close to the fibonacci 2D subshift problem). How many are them? How to efficiently random sample one of them? For which value of c does a typical tiling contains the more small squares (i.e., which of the below pictures is the whitest one)? What about random tilings by squares of any size?

Sides 1 and 2 Sides 1 and 3 Sides 1 and 4 Sides 1 and 5 Sides 1 and 6 Integer sides

Penrose parketry

A wood parquet (pine & oak) that I made in november 2015. More photos and details there (in french).


Kagome tilings

On the trihexagonal lattice, also called kagome lattice, consider the tiles formed by gluing two triangles to each hexagon. This is a sort of "trimer tiling", which nevertheless admits a height function (i.e. can be seen as a surface in the Euclidean space). Such tilings can be sampled by coupling from the past, but what about the mixing rate? There is also arctic-circle-like phenomena.


Arctic circles

The arctic circle phenomenon is well known for dimer tilings, aka rhombus tilings of codimension one. The same phenomenon seems appearing in higher codimensions.

Codimension 1 Codimension 2 Codimension 3

Penrose tilings: cooling


Penrose tilings: subperiods

Shrinking three of the five vectors defining the rhombi of a Penrose tiling yields a periodic tiling (there is ten ways to do this, see left video). This is because in each stripe the fat rhombi alternate in two orientations, and the same for thin rhombi. The tilings which satisfy this alternation condition are the so-called generalized Penrose tiling (right video).


Beenker tilings

The Beenker tilings are the tilings by a square and a 45° rhombus such that any two rhombi, either adjacent or connected by a line made of squares, have different orientations. They can all be seen as digitization of a one-parameter family of planes in the four dimensional space. The tilings which minimize the proportion of squares are aperiodic: they are indeed the Ammann-Beenker tilings! Using the parameter as time yields the video below.


Dimer cooling

Typical tiling Maximal tiling Concentric rings

Rauzy's dragon

A pattern obtained by iterated applications of a generalized substitution à la Arnoux-Ito on an initial pattern made of three tiles. Colors encode (in RGB) the ancestry of each tile (the three initial tiles are pure blue, green and red).


Conference posters

Some posters which I drew for conferences that I co-organized.

Math-Info 2010 Allouche's 60th birthday Tilings and Tesselations TransTile

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