Melting in two dimensions-the current status

Venkataraman, G. ; Sahoo, D. (1985) Melting in two dimensions-the current status Pramana - Journal of Physics, 24 (1-2). pp. 317-350. ISSN 0304-4289

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The current status of the controversy relating to melting in two dimensions is surveyed. To begin with, a review is given of the seminal work of Kosterlitz and Thouless. This is followed by a discussion of the modifications introduced by Nelson and Halperin. The search for the continuous transitions and the intermediate hexatic phase predicted by these theories is then described, covering both the laboratory as well as simulation experiments. Alternate viewpoints to thekt theory aired recently in the literature are also briefly examined. The paper concludes with an outlook for the future.

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Keywords:Two-dimensional Melting; Computer Simulation; Kosterlitz-Thouless Theory; Grain-boundary Mechanism
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