Stability of commensurate phases near the critical temperature: A renormalization-group calculation

Amnon Aharony, Per Bak

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Abstract

The phase diagram of a modulated system in a field which changes the periodicity is investigated near the critical temperature. For certain values of the field, the system can gain energy by locking into phases where the wave vector is commensurable with the reciprocal-lattice vectors. The widths, k, of these phases are calculated by renormalization-group theory in 4- dimensions. We find k[(Tc-T)T]k, with k=12(k-1)1+2k2-4k+310(k-1)-8k3-20k2+6k+1100(k-1)2, where 2k is the order of the commensurability. Near Tc, the wave vector locks into every single commensurate value as the field is varied, thus generating a "devil's staircase"-like behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4770-4772
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1981
Externally publishedYes

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