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Physical Review B
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Energetics of the incommensurate phase of krypton on graphite: A computer simulation study

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The energetics of the weakly incommensurate phase of a quasi-two- dimensional system of 20 736 krypton atoms on a graphite surface are investigated. We have chosen a krypton-graphite potential which gives the commensurate phase as the lowest-energy state. The energy increase of the incommensurate phase can be described in terms of a hexagonal domain-wall network confirming the phenomenologic description of Bak et al. The wall energy per unit length and the energy associated with each wall intersection are calculated. Since (/kB-30 K) is significantly negative our results provide strong evidence that the commensurate-incommensurate transition might be first order. © 1985 The American Physical Society.

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01 Apr 1985

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Physical Review B

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