One of the simplest inflation tilings is the chair tiling, which can be constructed in and higher dimensions. In the prototile is a cube from which a cube half its size in all three directions, so in volume, is cut out in one corner. The first order inflation tile may be built by capping the external corners of a central chair with additional chair prototiles. Its volume is times the volume of a basic cube. (Fig.1)
Although all prototiles are identical, it is useful to distinguish central tiles and peripheral tiles. In a complete tiling the outside corners of the periferal tiles occupy points of a basic cubic lattice. The outside corners of the central tiles occupy some of the body centers of that lattice. An alternative description is that the central corners of the periferal tiles are situated at the body centers of the basic cubic lattice, i.e. one per unit cell. The internal corners of the central chair tiles on the other hand are at of the basic cubic lattice points. More specific, the central chair tiles are at the body centers of an infinite set of superimposed simple cubic lattices having lattice parameters for to . The fraction of central chair tiles per lattice is , , etc. or in general . The total fraction is , as it should.
A generalization of this tiling was introduced by Chaim Goodman-Strauss (1999)(, European J. Combin., 20 (5): 385–395, doi:10.1006/eujc.1998.0282). By using two tiles, called the – and -tiles he was able to force an aperiodic tiling by local matching rules.
The -tile has a disconnected interior, i.e. as it were, two square pencils connected at their points. Alternative tiles may be constructed by combining the 3 -tiles to so-called cross-tiles or -tiles. Instead of only one -tile, two types of -tiles are needed, a cross without markings, and one with markings at the endpoints of one leg, .
The -tiles are chair-like tiles, The – or -tiles are only needed to define the matching rules between the -tiles. Although not strictly necessary, it is also in this case convenient to distinguish two types of -tiles, i.e. peripheral () and central ()-tiles. The -tiles only connect to -tiles, the -tiles only to one another. The -tiles interconnect the unmarked legs of the -tiles. The ratio of – and -tiles is . To show this, we may cut up an -tile into 8 identical caps. By adding caps and removing the central one, an -tile is converted into a chair tile, a total of 6 or of an -tile.
The ratio of marked and unmarked -tiles is 2. To prove this we consider the projection of the tiling in one of the main directions. As in the case of the chair tiling, the centers of the periferal -tiles occupy all body centers of a cubic lattice, whereas the central -tiles only occupy of the basic lattice sites. In the projection of the tiling shown in fig.5 only the central -tiles are shown. The marked -tiles connect the tiles. They form lines of legth , to between succesive tiles in the x,y and z direction. The fraction of lines connecting tiles perpenpendicular to the projection plane is equal to the fraction of colored squares, i.e the sum of (red), (yellow), (blue), etc., or . Consequently, the fraction of lines of unmarked -tiles in one direction is . The number of marked -tiles along a line is the total number of basic cube lengths minus the number of -tiles along the line. In a single direction, all the lines of marked -tiles connect all tiles. So, in all 3 directions, the fraction of marked -tiles is . This is equal to the fraction of marked crosses, because only one leg is marked. To build the marked crosses of unmarked -tiles are needed and unmarked -tiles are left for the unmarked crosses. Consequently, the fraction of is . In conclusion the ratio of , -, – and -tiles is 7 : 1 : 4 : 2.
In the Goodman-Strauss approach, the diameter of the legs of the -tile is an unspecified fraction of the diameter of the -tile and the volumes of the – and -tile are and respectively. For , the – and -tile have an identical cross shape and the volume of both is half the volume of a unit cube. We may transform the aperiodic Goodman-Strauss tiling into a tiling built out of identically shaped blocks by allowing the value of to change to . We still may distinguish four types of tiles, now denoted by , , and .The connect to each other in all three directions and may be positioned in the centers a basic cubic lattice. The tiles are connected to each other by X-tiles and their centers positioned at the body centers of an infinite series of cubic lattices with lattice parameters , which fit into holes between the periferal tiles. The remaining holes are fillled up with the unmarked X-tiles. We will now address the question , whether we can find matching rules for the identical X-tiles to force the aperiodic tiling obtained by a transformation of the Goodman-Strauss tiling.
An important difference is that the chair tiles have a trigonal C symmetry and the X-tiles are objects with an octahedral O symmetry. A consequence is that the directionality of the markings on the -tiles is becoming useless and the black arrows in GS may be replaced by colored faces. The matching rules are now that a) the tiles only connect to each other through the small square faces, and b) the tiles never are connected directly to each other, but only through one or more tiles. But these rules are not sufficient to force an aperiodic tiling. The sublattice tiling is perfectly periodic due to rule a). Also rule b) may be used to build a periodic lattice with a lattice constant twice as large as the width of -tile , two tiles occuping the corner and body center positions, and the tiles the face center and edge positions. In order to get the Goodman-Strauss like tiling, an additional building principle (not matching rule) would be to put the tiles on a periodic simple cubic lattice with lattice constant 1 and the tiles successively on basic cubic lattices with lattice constants , to . The tiles are connected to each other along the edges of thes lattices using tiles. The origin of the lattice with lattice constant is positioned at the body center of the lattice with lattice constant . Finally, the remaining holes are filled up with tiles.