Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122203183, 9780080538754

Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, Volume 18

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Cyril Domb Joel Lebowitz
eBook ISBN: 9780080538754
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122203183
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th September 2000
Page Count: 320
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The field of phase transitions and critical phenomena continues to be active in research, producing a steady stream of interesting and fruitful results. No longer an area of specialist interest, it has acquired a central focus in condensed matter studies. The major aim of this serial is to provide review articles that can serve as standard references for research workers in the field, and for graduate students and others wishing to obtain reliable information on important recent developments. The two review articles in this volume complement each other in a remarkable way. Both deal with what might be called the modern geometric approach to the properties of macroscopic systems. The first article by Georgii (et al.) describes how recent advances in the application of geometric ideas leads to a better understanding of pure phases and phase transitions in equilibrium systems. The second article by Alava (et al.) deals with geometrical aspects of multi-body systems in a hands-on way, going beyond abstract theory to obtain practical answers. The combination of computers and geometrical ideas described in this volume will doubtless play a major role in the development of statistical mechanics in the twenty-first century.


Researchers and graduate students in statistical physics and general condensed matter physicists.


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About the Serial Editors

Cyril Domb Serial Editor

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Bar-Illan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Joel Lebowitz Serial Editor

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Center for Mathematical Sciences Research, State University of New Jersey, U.S.A.