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Stripe-tetragonal first-order phase transition in ultrathin magnetic films

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Stripe-tetragonal first-order phase transition in ultrathin magnetic films

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Título Stripe-tetragonal first-order phase transition in ultrathin magnetic films
Autor Cannas, Sergio A.
Stariolo, Daniel Adrian
Tamarit, Francisco A.
Abstract We analyze the nature of the phase transition from a smectic stripe phase to a tetragonal phase predicted in analytic studies by Abanov et al. [Phys. Rev. B 51, 1023 (1995)] and observed in experiments on ultrathin magnetic films by Vaterlaus et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2247 (2000)]. At variance with existent numerical evidence, we show results of Monte Carlo simulations on a two-dimensional model with competing exchange and dipolar interactions showing strong evidence that the transition is a weak first-order one, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of Abanov et al. Besides the numerical evidence, we give further support to the first-order nature of the transition analyzing a continuum version of the model and showing that it belongs to a large family of systems, or universality class, in which a first-order transition driven by fluctuations is expected on quite general grounds.
Contido em Physical review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics. New York. Vol. 69, no. 9 (Mar. 2004), 092409 4p.
Assunto Física
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/104263
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