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Peierls transition

A metal-insulator transition in quasi one-dimensional solids that occurs as a result of a band gap opening up at the Fermi energy due to a displacive distortion of the regular array increasing the unit cell length, usually a dimerization; the decrease in electronic energy outweighs the increase in lattice energy. Example: The transition in methylethylmorpholinium tetracyanoquinodimethanide at 335 K.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 588
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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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