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dilational (dilatational) transition

A transition in which the crystal structure is dilated (or compressed) along one (or more) crystallographic direction(s) while the symmetry about that direction is retained. Examples:
  1. The transition of a CsCl-type structure to a rock salt structure in which dilation occurs along the three-fold axis.
  2. The transition at T D in quenched NiS in which volume expansion occurs without change of symmetry on going from a metallic state (T > T D) to a semiconducting state (T < T D).
PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 581
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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