Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Paperback | November 1, 2015

byHidetoshi Nishimori, Gerardo Ortiz

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As an introductory account of the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena, this book reflects lectures given by the authors to graduate students at their departments and is thus classroom-tested to help beginners enter the field. Most parts are written as self-contained units andevery new concept or calculation is explained in detail without assuming prior knowledge of the subject. The book significantly enhances and revises a Japanese version which is a bestseller in the Japenese market and is considered a standard textbook in the field. It contains new pedagogicalpresentations of field theory methods, including a chapter on conformal field theory, and various modern developments hard to find in a single textbook on phase transitions. Exercises are presented as the topics develop, with solutions found at the end of the book, making the usefil forself-teaching, as well as for classroom learning.

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As an introductory account of the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena, this book reflects lectures given by the authors to graduate students at their departments and is thus classroom-tested to help beginners enter the field. Most parts are written as self-contained units andevery new concept or calculation is explained ...

After spending three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University and Rutgers University in the US, Hidetoshi Nishimori returned to Japan, first as a research associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is now a professor of physics at the same Institute. He received the Nishina Memorial Prize in 2006 for his work on...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Phase transitions and critical phenomena2. Mean-field theories3. Renormalization group and scaling4. Implementation of the renormalization group5. Field theory6. Conformal field theory7. Kosterlitz-Thouless transition8. Random systems9. Exact solutions and related topics10. Duality11. Numerical methodsAppendix: Solutions to exercises

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"It is a pleasure to read this book. One can see on almost every page that many years of teaching experience helped the authors during its preparation. The language is beautiful and clear, the figures have a good quality, and the manuscript has been typeset with great care...I warmly recommendthe book to anyonw with an interest in the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena." --Contemporary Physics