Interface interactions in modulated phases, and upsilon points

Kevin E. Bassler, Kazuo Sasaki, Robert B. Griffiths

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Certain features in Frenkel-Kontorova and other models of phases with a one-dimensional modulation can be analyzed by assuming parallel interfaces separating sets of lattice planes belonging to two different phases, and treating the free energy σ to create interfaces, as well as the interaction of two, three, or more interfaces, as phenomenological parameters. A strategy employed by Fisher and Szpilka for interacting defects can be extended to the case of interfaces, allowing a systematic study of the phase diagram by ignoring all interface interactions, and then successively taking into account pair, triple, and higher-order terms. The possible phase diagrams which can occur near the point where σ=0 include: various sorts of endpoints analogous to critical endpoints, an accumulation point of first-order transitions and triple points, and a self-similar structure which we call an upsilon point, which turns out to be an accumulation point of an infinite number of segments of first-order transition lines, each of which terminates in two upsilon points.

ジャーナルJournal of Statistical Physics
出版ステータスPublished - 1991 1月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 統計物理学および非線形物理学
  • 数理物理学


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