hexatic phase

hexatic phase

[hek¦sad·ik ′fāz]
(physics)
A phase of matter that is intermediate between the normal solid and the isotropic liquid phases, and corresponds to a two-dimensional fluid with sixfold orientational order but no positional order.
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