O'Hare A (2007) The Formation of Low Temperature Superstructures in the Two-dimensional Ising model with Next-Nearest Neighbour Interactions, Doctor of Philosophy, Loughborough University.
For several decades the formation of different kinds of superstructures in solids has been a topical issue in condensed matter physics. The superstructures (or spatially modulated structures) may be of a different nature: magnetic patterns like spin-density waves, inhomogeneous charge distributions in charge-ordered compounds, dipolar and quadrupolar ordering in ferroelectrics or ferroelastics, regular lattice distortions and related orbital structures, stripe-like arrangements of dopants in alloys, etc. The phase diagrams of such compounds can be rather complicated involving a large number of phases with non-trivial types of ordering. Fortunately, all this wealth of seemingly unrelated phenomena can be often described by rather simple models with a due account taken of a competitive character of the most important interactions.
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