Two Dimensional Ordering and Fluctuations in
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X-ray diffraction measurements of Bragg and diffuse scattering associated with charge ordering in the inorganic compound alpha(')- NaV2O5 show a continuous phase transition at a temperature of about 33.1 K. Many of this material's properties suggest a spin-Peierls transition, as established in CuGeO3 and MEM(TCNQ)(2). We compare the order parameter as well as fluctuations in the order parameter in these materials, and conclude that alpha(')- NaV2O5 is dissimilar, and that the transition is two dimensional in nature, due to charge ordering associated with the fractional average valence at the vanadium site within the orthorhombic a- b plane.
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