Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transitions
This work presents an introduction to the thermodynamics and kinetics of first-order and continuous phase transitions. In the first three sections both types of transitions are described in the framework of classical equilibrium thermodynamics, as well as using a relatively simple version of Landau’s phenomenological approach. Section 4 introduces the statistical mechanics approach to phase transitions, making use of reticular models. Finally, in section 5, reticular models are used to study two different non-equilibrium aspects of phase transitions: the dynamics of domain growth and the dynamics of avalanches and hysteresis in first-order phase transitions.
KeywordsPhase Transition Ising Model Critical Exponent Universality Class Landau Theory
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