Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transitions

An Introduction
  • J. Ortin
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 368)


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.


Phase Transition Ising Model Critical Exponent Universality Class Landau Theory 
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  • J. Ortin
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  1. 1.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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