Domain walls and the melting of commensurate surface phases

David A. Huse, Michael E. Fisher

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Commensurate adsorbed surface phases, particularly p×1 rectangular and 3×3 hexagonal phases, exhibit two (or more) classes of domain wall, reflecting a lower than ideal symmetry; these compete statistically and undergo wetting transitions. Scaling arguments and model calculations indicate that new types of continuous melting transitions, possibly already seen in Kr on graphite, can thereby arise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-796
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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