Peierls distortion
Distortion of a regular one-dimensional structure with a partially occupied band to give bond alternation, eventually leading to @[email protected] or @[email protected] The degree of @[email protected], \(\lambda \) depends on the electronic population of the @[email protected] indicated by the wave vector of the @[email protected] \(k_{\mathrm{F}}\) \[\lambda = 2\ \pi /k_{\mathrm{F}}\]
A Peierls distortion opens a gap at the @[email protected], producing a net stabilization of the distorted structure. The Peierls distortion for chain compounds is analogous to the @[email protected] for molecules. The prototypical example of the Peierls distortion in organic chemistry is the bond alternation present in polyvinylene.
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