Mathematical Models of the Alpha-Beta Phase Transition of Quartz
We examine discrete models with hexagonal symmetry to compare the sequence of transitions with the alpha-inc-beta phase transition of quartz. We examine a model by Parlinski which employs interactions of nearest and next-nearest neighbor atoms. We numerically determine the configurations which lead to minimum energy for a range of parameters. We then use Golubitsky's results on systems with hexagonal symmetry to derive the bifurcation diagram for Parlinski's model. Finally, we study a large class of modifications to Parlinski's model and show that all such modifications have the same bifurcation picture as the original model.
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