Relaxation of geometrical frustration in NbSe3 topological crystals

T. Tsuneta, K. Yamamoto, N. Ikeda, Y. Nogami, T. Matsuura, S. Tanda

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Here we report the structural study of NbSe3 topological crystals via synchrotron x-ray measurements on individual microcrystals. Topological crystals are characterized by the shape of a ring or a twisted loop, thereby representing a translational and orientational order confined in topologically nontrivial, curved geometries. The crystal lattice of topological crystals is under considerable amount of strain. The volume-averaged strain asymptotically increases with thickness and curvature of a crystal. We present a structural model in which a ring crystal is composed of well-ordered domains in the shape of concentric cylinders. The internal structure reflects periodic accumulation and release of strain during the growth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014105
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 8 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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