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Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Hidetoshi Nishimori and Gerardo Ortiz


Phase transitions and critical phenomena have consistently been among the principal subjects of active studies in statistical physics. The simple act of transforming one state of matter or phase into another, for instance by changing the temperature, has always captivated the curious mind. This book provides an introductory account on the theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena, a subject now recognized to be indispensable for students and researchers from many fields of physics and related disciplines. The first five chapters are very basic and quintessential, and cover standard to ... More

Keywords: phase transitions, critical phenomena, states of matter, collective behaviour, universality, scaling, conformal invariance, renormalization group, statistical physics, statistical field theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hidetoshi Nishimori, author
Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Gerardo Ortiz, author
Department of Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington