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In [Lan88], energetic properties of certain decorations of Penrose Rhomb tilings were studied. A binary tiling was defined as a tiling by Penrose rhombs, where at each vertex all angles are either in {pi/5, 3 pi/5}, or in {2 pi/5, 4 pi/5}. ('Binary' because the decorations were used to model binary alloys, i.e., alloys consisiting of two metallic elements). The authors did not mention the substitution rule explicitly, but it is obvious from the diagrams in this paper.
As a substitution tiling, the binary tiling is mentioned in [Sen95], as a tiling with the 5-fold rhombs, and a non-PV inflation factor. Probably that's why the name is usually associated to these substitution tilings today.
In contrast to the Penrose Rhomb tilings, these binary tilings do not obey the alternation condition. For an edge-to-edge rhomb tiling, the alternation condition reads: Start with an arbitrary edge of some tile T0. Let T1 be the tile sharing this edge with T0. Go over to the opposite edge of T1 which is parallel to the first edge. Let T2 be the tile sharing the new edge with T1. Proceed in this manner to obtain a sequence of tiles. (And now, the condition:) Whenever two tiles of the same type in such a sequence are adjacent, or separated by tiles of different type only, they are mirror images of each other.
One can see in the image that the alternation condition does not hold for the binary tiling.


Lançon, F, Billard, L.
Two-dimensional system with a quasicrystalline ground state.
J. Physique, 1988, 49, 2, pp. 249--256, MR0933982

Senechal, M
Quasicrystals and geometry
Cambridge University Press, 1995, Cambridge,

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2006-01-16 Images: E. Harriss
2006-02-02 Text: D. Frettlöh