The Hartree-Fock calculation is performed for nuclear matter using the Skyrme interaction. It is shown that a stable density wave periodic in only one direction exists at densities below about one-third of the normal nuclear density. The critical density ρc below which the energy of the density wave is lower than that of the Fermi gas is determined for Skyrme interactions SKI to SKVI. It is further shown that even at densities slightly higher than ρc the density wave still exists as a metastable state in the sense that its energy is a local minimum in the variation parameter space. The density wave solution suddenly disappears at a higher density, since there the local minimum changes to an inflection point.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics