Derivation of symmetry-based pseudo spin models for modulated materials

B. Neubert, M. Pleimling and R. Siems


A general concept for the derivation of symmetry-based pseudo spin Hamiltonians is described. It systematically bridges the gap between the atomistic basis and various pseudo spin models presented in literature. It thus allows the application of the multitude of analytical and numerical procedures derived for the statistical mechanics treatment of the latter to the description of structurally modulated crystals and furnishes a general frame for reviewing these models from a common point of view.