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Jahn–Teller transition

A displacive crystal distortion to lower symmetry that cooperatively removes a localized-electron orbital degeneracy at an array of like atoms so as to leave the atoms in the centre of symmetry of their distorted sites. Example: The crystallographic distortion in Mn3O4.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 584
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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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