Renormalization-group analysis of lifshitz tricritical behavior

Amnon Aharony*, Eytan Domany, R. M. Hornreich

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A renormalization-group analysis of critical behavior near a Lifshitz tricritical point (LTP) is presented, with emphasis on the role played by new, momentum-dependent quartic terms. These result in new stable fixed points which determine the critical behavior. For some values of n (the number of order-parameter components) and m (the dimensionality of the softsubspace, characterized by quartic momentum-dependent inverse correlation functions), the renormalization-group recursion relations have two stable and accessible fixed points. However, one of these can never be reached in practice, due to a thermodynamic instability which results in a first-order phase transition. For m=d-1, one of the fixed points describes the critical dynamics of the usual n-vector spin model in (d-1) dimensions. This dynamic fixed point also characterizes LTP behavior for large n and n=1. In all other cases, the LTP has new exponents, which are not related to the dynamic model. Our results may be relevant to Lifshitz tricritical behavior in RbCaF3 and in some liquid-crystal systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2006-2014
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B-Condensed Matter
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


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