Effect of Transverse Electric Fields on the Incommensurate Phase of NaNO2

  • H. Z. Cummins
  • S. L. Qiu
  • Mitra Dutta
  • J. P. Wicksted
  • S. M. Shapiro
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 166)


Elastic neutron scattering experiments on sodium nitrite in transverse electric fields are reported. The results are interpreted with the Ishibashi phenomenological free energy. Although no true Lifshitz point is possible, the analysis shows that the incommensurate phase can be narrowed by a suitable perturbation and can disappear at a triple point.


Free Energy Triple Point Diffuse Scattering Free Energy Density Sodium Nitrite 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Z. Cummins
    • 1
  • S. L. Qiu
    • 1
  • Mitra Dutta
    • 1
  • J. P. Wicksted
    • 2
  • S. M. Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics, City CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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