Metastability, Hysteresis, Avalanches, and Acoustic Emission: Martensitic Transitions in Functional Materials

  • Martin-Luc RosinbergEmail author
  • Eduard Vives
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 148)


We review several aspects of the dynamics of first-order phase transitions in functional materials. In particular, we focus on recent models of the athermal evolution in driven ferromagnets that provide a global picture of metastability and hysteresis, and show that first-order phase transitions in these systems proceed by avalanches. Within this theoretical framework, we discuss recent experiments on acoustic emission avalanches in structural phase transitions.


Hysteresis Loop Acoustic Emission Metastable State Acoustic Emission Signal Acoustic Emission Event 
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The authors acknowledge fruitful discussions with Ll.Mañosa, A.Planes, F.J. Pérez-Reche, and G. Tarjus. E.V. acknowledges the hospitality of the Physics Department (University of Warwick) during a sabbatical stay supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education (PR2009-0016). We also acknowledge financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MAT2010-15114).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de la Matière CondenséeUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.Facultat de Física, Departament d’Estructura i Constituents de la MateriaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Institut de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (IN2UB)Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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