A Primer to the Theory of Critical Phenomena

A Primer to the Theory of Critical Phenomena

1st Edition - February 5, 2018

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  • Authors: Jurgen Honig, Jozef Spalek
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128048368
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128046852

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A Primer to the Theory of Critical Phenomena provides scientists in academia and industry, as well as graduate students in physics, chemistry, and geochemistry with the scientific fundamentals of critical phenomena and phase transitions. The book helps readers broaden their understanding of a field that has developed tremendously over the last forty years. The book also makes a great resource for graduate level instructors at universities.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough and accessible treatment of the fundamentals of critical phenomena
  • Offers an in-depth exposition on renormalization and field theory techniques
  • Includes experimental observations of critical effects
  • Includes live examples illustrating the applications of the theoretical material


Scientists in academia and industry and graduate students in physics, chemistry, and geochemistry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Classical Phases and Critical Points
    2. The Ising Model and Its Basic Characteristics in the Mean Field Approximation
    3. General Mean Field Approach
    4. The Landau Theory of Phase Transitions: General concept and its microscopic relation to mean eld theory
    5. More General Considerations Concerning Mean Field Theory: Stratonovich-Hubbard transformation
    6. Generalities Relating to the Study of Critical Phenomena
    7. Failure of Mean Field Theory and Scaling Methods
    8. Kadanoff Scaling
    9. The Renormalization Group Operations
    10. Additional Interrelations Between Critical Exponents
    11. Renormalization Group Operations
    12. Detection of Fixed Points
    13. The Standard Gaussian Model
    14. Higher Order Expansion
    15. The Ginzburg-Landau Model

Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2018
  • Published: February 5, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128048368
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128046852

About the Authors

Jurgen Honig

Jurgen Honig
Prof. Honig received a BS degree from Amherst College in 1945 and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952. After a postdoctoral appointment year at the James Forrestal Center of Princeton University in 1953, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University in 1953, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1958. From 1959-1967, Prof. Honig was Associate Group leader and Group leader at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. He returned as Professor of Chemistry to Purdue University in 1967 and retired from that position in 2000. During the latter years, he was Editor of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982-2000), the Chairman of the Materials Sciences Council (1968-1982), and published over 420 refereed publications and five books.

Prof. Honig has earned an honorary degree from the University of Science and Technology (2009, Krakow, Poland; fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences; Wetherill medal (1995); Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982- 2000); Honorary Member, Materials Research Society of India; two issues of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1990 and 2000) and an issue of Solid State Sciences (2000) dedicated to him; and a session at a Materials Research Society meeting (2000) held in honor of his retirement.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Jozef Spalek

Jozef Spalek
Józef Spałek is currently professor of theoretical physics in the Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland). He is interested in theory of strongly correlated systems and, in particular, in high-temperature superconductivity and phase transitions in fermionic systems. In 2016 he received the two highest scientific prizes in Poland: The Foundation for Polish Science Award and The Prime Minister Prize, for his work on strongly correlated systems, and in particular,for the original derivation of the t-J model. At present, he is working on another book, Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics, with selected topics in strongly correlated systems, to be published by Springer-Verlag (2018).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Theoretical Physics, Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

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