Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions

Paperback | April 1, 1991

byJ. M. Yeomans

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Recent developments have led to a good understanding of universality; why phase transitions in systems as diverse as magnets, fluids, liquid crystals, and superconductors can be brought under the same theoretical umbrella and well described by simple models. This book describes the physicsunderlying universality and then lays out the theoretical approaches now available for studying phase transitions. Traditional techniques, mean-field theory, series expansions, and the transfer matrix, are described; the Monte Carlo method is covered, and two chapters are devoted to therenormalization group, which led to a break-through in the field. The book will be useful as a textbook for a course in `Phase Transitions', as an introduction for graduate students undertaking research in related fields, and as an overview for scientists in other disciplines who work with phase transitions but who are not aware of the current tools in thearmoury of the theoretical physicist.

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Recent developments have led to a good understanding of universality; why phase transitions in systems as diverse as magnets, fluids, liquid crystals, and superconductors can be brought under the same theoretical umbrella and well described by simple models. This book describes the physicsunderlying universality and then lays out the ...

J. M. Yeomans is at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.43 inPublished:April 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198517300

ISBN - 13:9780198517306

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'novices will be provided with an up-to-date map of the field.'Dr. A. Danielian, King's College, London. Contemporary Physics, 1992, Volume 33, Number 5.