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Equilibrium Statistical Physics

Phases of Matter and Phase Transitions

  • Marc Baus
  • Carlos F. Tejero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-20
    3. Pages 21-43
    4. Pages 45-63
  3. Ideal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Pages 89-119
    3. Pages 121-159
  4. Non-ideal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Pages 185-231
    3. Pages 233-265
  5. More Advanced Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Pages 269-289
    3. Pages 291-306
    4. Pages 307-313
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-364

About this book


This is a textbook which gradually introduces the student to the statistical mechanical study of the different phases of matter and to the phase transitions between them. Throughout, only simple models of both ordinary and soft matter are used but these are studied in full detail. The subject is developed in a pedagogical manner, starting from the basics, going from the simple ideal systems to the interacting systems, and ending with the more modern topics. The latter include the renormalisation group approach to critical phenomena, the density functional theory of interfaces, the topological defects of nematic liquid crystals and the kinematic aspects of the phase transformation process. This textbook provides the student with a complete overview, intentionally at an introductory level, of the theory of phase transitions. References include suggestions for more detailed treatments and four appendices supply overviews of the mathematical tools employed in the text.


Helium-Atom-Streuung PED Phase Transitions STEM Statistical Mechanics Theoretical Physics phase Transition statistical physics thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Baus
    • 1
  • Carlos F. Tejero
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculté des SciencesUniversité Libre BruxellesBoulevard du TriompheBelgium
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias FísicasUniversidad Complutense de MadridCiudad UniversitariaSpain

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From the reviews:

"This is an undergraduate textbook on equilibrium statistical mechanics, based on lectures given by the authors at Université Libre de Bruxelles and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. … The book has four parts and a few appendices. … This … probably intended to provide students a reassuring perspective on the scope of statistical physics." (Nicolae Angelescu, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 k)