Paper by Erik D. Demaine

Erik D. Demaine, Sándor Fekete, Christian Scheffer, and Arne Schmidt, “New Geometric Algorithms for Fully Connected Staged Self-Assembly”, in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA 2015), Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 17–21, 2015, pages 104–116.

We consider staged self-assembly systems, in which square-shaped Wang tiles can be added to bins in several stages. Within these bins, the tiles may connect to each other, depending on the glue types of their edges. Previous work by Demaine et al. showed that a relatively small number of tile types suffices to produce arbitrary shapes in this model. However, these constructions were only based on a spanning tree of the geometric shape, so they did not produce full connectivity of the underlying grid graph in the case of shapes with holes; designing fully connected assemblies with a polylogarithmic number of stages was left as a major open problem. We resolve this challenge by presenting new systems for staged assembly that produce fully connected polyominoes in O(log2 n) stages, for various scale factors and temperature τ = 2 as well as τ = 1. Our constructions work even for shapes with holes and uses only a constant number of glues and tiles. Moreover, the underlying approach is more geometric in nature, implying that it promised to be more feasible for shapes with compact geometric description.

This paper is available as arXiv:1505.07862.

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