Orientational twins involve two domain states that exhibit rotational symmetry relationships between them. For an improper ferroelastic cubic to tetragonal first-order phase transition driven by the (formula presented) zone-boundary phonon in the CsCl structure, there are three possible directions for the tetragonal axis of the low-temperature phases. The existence of four antiphase-related-domain states for each given tetragonal orientation introduces additional possible pairing schemes for the twins. We obtain only three distinct domain pair classes: two antiphase boundary classes and one orientational boundary class. For this (formula presented) (formula presented) transition we derive the general governing equations for the orientational twins based on a Ginzburg-Landau theory, which constitute a system of four coupled nonlinear differential equations. General features of the orientational twin solutions are demonstrated through a special choice of the parameters for which the four coupled equations can be reduced to two. The orientational twin boundaries have relatively large elastic energy and, therefore, they are strongly restricted to preferred lattice planes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics