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Frustrated pretransitional phenomena in aperiodic composites

C. Mariette
Bo Wang
Laurent Guérin
P. Rabiller
B. Toudic


This paper reports on symmetry breaking in the aperiodic inclusion compound n-octadecane/urea and itsisotopomer n-octadecane/urea-d4.The high-symmetry phase is described by a hexagonal rank-4 superspace group.Pretransitional phenomena in this crystallographic superspace reveal competing short-range-ordering phenomenawithin the high-symmetry phase. Very high-resolution diffraction data show that critical scattering appears atinequivalent points within the four-dimensional Brillouin zone, although the first phase transition at Tc1 near158 K implies the condensation at only one of those points. The resulting superspace group remains of dimension4. Two other phase transitions are reported at Tc2 = 152.8(4) K and Tc3 = 109(4) K in n-octadecane/urea-d4.The two low-symmetry phases that arise are described by rank-5 superspace groups.

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hal-01400691 , version 1 (22-11-2016)



C. Mariette, Ilya Frantsuzov, Bo Wang, Laurent Guérin, P. Rabiller, et al.. Frustrated pretransitional phenomena in aperiodic composites. Physical Review B, 2016, 94 (18), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.94.184105⟩. ⟨hal-01400691⟩
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