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Application of Finite Strain Landau Theory To High Pressure Phase Transitions

  • Tröster, A.
  • Schranz, W.
  • Karsai, F.
  • Blaha, P.
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Publication Date
Sep 20, 2013
Submission Date
Sep 20, 2013
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.031010
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In this paper we explain how to set up what is in fact the only possible consistent construction scheme for a Landau theory of high pressure phase transitions that systematically allows to take into account elastic nonlinearities. We also show how to incorporate available information on the pressure dependence of elastic constants taken from experiment or simulation. We apply our new theory to the example of the high pressure cubic-tetragonal phase transition in Strontium Titanate, a model perovskite that has played a central role in the development of the theory of structural phase transitions. Armed with pressure dependent elastic constants calculated by density functional theory, we give a both qualitatively as well as quantitatively satisfying description of recent high precision experimental data. Our nonlinear theory also allows to predict a number of additional elastic transition anomalies that are accessible to experiment.

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