Domino variant


A simple variant of the domino tilings (aka table tilings). C. Goodman-Strauss pointed out in [Goo98] the following. B. Solomyak proved in Sol98, that for each nonperiodic substitution tiling the substitution rule is invertible: One can tell from $\sigma(T)$ its predecessor $T$ uniquely. But this is true only if the prototiles have the same symmetry group as the first order supertiles. By using decorated tiles this can always be achieved. (And now Chaims remark:) Here we see a case where such a decoration is necessary. In the tiling with unmarked tiles shown below one cannot determine the supertiles uniquely. By using the marks shown in the rule above the disambiguity vanishes.

Substitution Rule

Rule Domino variant


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Goodman-Strauss, Chaim
Matching rules and substitution tilings
Ann. of Math. (2) 1998, 147, 1, pp. 181--223, MR1609510

Robinson, E. Arthur, Jr.
On the table and the chair
Indag. Math. (N.S.) 1999, 10, 4, pp. 581--599, MR1820555