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Physical Review Letters
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Lifshitz-point critical and tricritical behavior in anisotropically stressed perovskites

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Abstract

The antiferrodistortive phase transitions of some perovskite crystals, driven first order by strongly cubic order-parameter fluctuations, are shown to become continuous at finite anisotropic stresses favoring ordering of one order-parameter component. The associated critical and tricritical behavior will be that of one of a spectrum of uniaxial Lifshitz systems, its precise character reflecting the form of the anisotropy in the soft-mode dispersion. Our predictions are in substantial accord with recent experiments on RbCaF3. © 1979 The American Physical Society.

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12 Feb 1979

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Physical Review Letters

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