Computer simulation of ferroelastic phase transition in LaNbO4

K. Parlinski, Y. Hashi, S. Tsunekawa, Y. Kawazoe

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A model of lanthanum orthoniobate which possesses a ferroelastic tetragonal-monoclinic phase transition is proposed. It contains only one particle per unit cell, but it is constructed consistently with symmetry changes at the phase transition. The model parameters are chosen to reproduce the bare soft mode, degree of deformation of the tetragonal unit cell to a monoclinic one, and the phase transition temperature. The ferroelastic system with free boundary conditions was simulated by the molecular dynamics technique, and the second order phase transition was reproduced. The studied annealing process shows formation of the stripe lenticular domain pattern, which has been interrupted by the appearance of a temporary band of perpendicularly oriented lenticular domains. The maps contain W′-type domain walls whose orientations are fixed only by interplay of potential parameters and not by symmetry elements. The simulated domain pattern has the same features as those observed by transmission electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2428-2437
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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