Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

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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 and every 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 Japanese market and is considered a standard textbook in the field. It contains new pedagogical presentations 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 text useful for self-teaching, as well as for classroom learning.Also explained are several model systems, on the basis of which phase transitions and critical phenomena have been studied. 1.1. Phase. and. phase. diagram. We are surrounded by a number of substances in different states. A phase is a state of matter in which the ... A change in parameters such as the temperature across a phase boundary causes a sudden change in the phase of a substance.

Title:Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
Author:Hidetoshi Nishimori, Gerardo Ortiz
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2010-12-02


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