Quantitative Theory of Critical Phenomena - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120751204, 9780323153157

Quantitative Theory of Critical Phenomena

1st Edition

Authors: George A. Jr. Baker
eBook ISBN: 9780323153157
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th July 1990
Page Count: 382
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Quantitative Theory of Critical Phenomena details in a self-contained manner the most popular and extensively practiced methods for the quantitative study of critical phenomena.

The text is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the general theory of critical phenomena — its thermodynamic aspects, statistical mechanical framework, classical model, and inequalities. Part II tackles the combinatorial theory of series generation. Part III covers the quantitative analysis of series expansions, which includes topics such as the complex variable theory, the algebraic aspects and numerical evaluation of Padé approximants, and special continuation methods.

The book is recommended for mathematicians and physicists who would like to know more about critical phenomena, its theories, and the methods for its quantitative study.

Table of Contents



Part I. General Theory of Critical Phenomena

Chapter 1. Thermodynamic Aspects

a. Phase Diagrams

b. Thermodynamic Potentials

c. Behavior at Critical Points

d. Stability and Convexity

e. Thermodynamic Inequalities

Chapter 2. Statistical Mechanical Framework

a. Regular Assemblies

b. One Dimensional Assemblies

d. Two-Point Correlation Functions

Chapter 3. Classical Models

a. Mean Field Theory

b. Ornstein-Zernike Theory of the Two Point Correlation Function

c. The Gaussian Model

d. The Spherical Model

e. Landau-Ginsburg Theory

Chapter 4. Inequalities

a. Correlation Function Inequalities

b. The Yang-Lee Theorem

c. Application of the Inequalities to the Critical Region

Chapter 5. Two dimensional Ising Model

Chapter 6. General Approaches

a. Series Expansions

b. Homogeneity Theory

c. Scaling Theory

d. Renormalization Group Theory

e. The E-Expansion

f. Hierarchical Model

g. Implementation of Renormalization Group Ideas by Means of Field Theory Methods

h. Universality

i. Conformal Invariance

Part II. Combinatorial Theory of Series Generation

Chapter 7. Elementary combinatorics

a. Preliminaries

b. Basic Cluster Theorem

Chapter 8. Finite Cluster Method

Chapter 9. Star Graph Expansion

Chapter 10. Linked Cluster Expansion

Chapter 11. Expansion about the Gaussian (or Spherical) Model

a. Coupling Constant Expansion

b. 1/n -expansion

Chapter 12. Numerical Computation of Combinatorics

Part III. Quantitative Analysis of Series Expansions

Chapter 13. Complex Variable Theory

a. Preliminaries

b. Exact Analytic Continuation

c. Riemann's Monodromy Theorem

d. Carleman's Criterion

Chapter 14. Padé Approximants, Algebraic Aspects

a. Approximate Analytic Continuation

b. Padé Table

c. Invariance Theorems

d. Bigradients

e. Continued Fractions

f. Some Exactly Known Padé Approximants

Chapter 15. Numerical Evaluation of Padé Approximants

a. Requirements

b. Gaussian Elimination

c. Viskovatov-Butheel Algorithm

d. Recursion Methods

Chapter 16. Padé Approximants to Series of Stieltjes

a. Yang-Lee Theorem and Series of Stieltjes

b. Characterization of Series of Stieltjes

c. Location of Poles of the Padé Approximant

d. Padé Bounds on the Function

e. Convergence Theory

Chapter 17. Padé Approximants, General Convergence Theory

a. Counter-Examples

b. Faithfulness Theorem

c. Error Formula

d. Point Wise Convergence

e. Convergence Almost Everywhere

Chapter 18. Interpretation of Padé Approximants

a. Representation of Singularity Structures

b. Apparent Error Estimation

Chapter 19. Integral Approximant Theory

a. Definition of Integral Approximants

b. Invariance Properties

c. Separation Property

d. Convergence Properties

e. Numerical Examples

Chapter 20. Special Continuation Methods

a. Ratio Methods

b. Gammel's Emphasis Method

c. Baker-Gammel Approximants

d. Darboux's Theorems Methods

e. Uniformization Transformation Methods

Chapter 21. Series Analysis for Critical Properties

a. Monodromic Dimensions 1, High- and Low-Temperature Series Estimates for Critical Points, Exponents, etc.

b. Series Estimates for Higher Monodromic Dimensions

c. Renormalization Group Series Estimates for Critical Indices




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George A. Jr. Baker