The melting transition of the two-dimensional, three-state, asymmetric or chiral clock model is examined. Evidence from scaling arguments and analysis of perturbation series is presented, indicating that the chiral symmetry-breaking operator is relevant at the symmetric (or pure Potts) critical point with a crossover exponent of ø ≈ 0.2. The remainder of the commensurate-disordered phase boundary therefore appears to be in a new universality class, distinct from the pure three-state Potts transition. An interfacial wetting transition that plays an important role in the crossover between the two types of critical behavior is discussed. The location and exponents of this wetting transition are obtained both in a low-temperature limit using generating function techniques and in a systematic low-temperature expansion of the transfer matrix.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||36|
|Journal||Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications|
|State||Published - Sep 1983|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics