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Physical Review Letters
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New phase of matter in lamellar phases of tethered, crystalline membranes

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Abstract

A qualitatively new, decoupled phase of matter occurs in lamellar phases of tethered, crystalline membranes at large membrane separations d. This decoupled phase has no first-order elastic couplings between successive membranes; as a result, translational order falls off algebraically, with a universal exponent transverse to the membranes. The universal d dependence of the elastic constants is calculated, as is the critical separation dc at which the decoupling phase transition occurs. Untethered, crystalline membranes melt, as d is increased, at some d<dc. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

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09 Apr 1990

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Physical Review Letters

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