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  • 224 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 726 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.46 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 530.4/14
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QC175.16.P5 O58 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Phase transformations (Statistical physics)
    • Condensed matter

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521572934 | ISBN-10: 0521572932)

Phase transition dynamics is centrally important to condensed matter physics. This 2002 book treats a wide variety of topics systematically by constructing time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau models for various systems in physics, metallurgy and polymer science. Beginning with a summary of advanced statistical-mechanical theories including the renormalization group theory, the book reviews dynamical theories, and covers the kinetics of phase ordering, spinodal decomposition and nucleation in depth. The phase transition dynamics of real systems are discussed, treating interdisciplinary problems in a unified manner. Topics include supercritical fluid dynamics, stress-diffusion coupling in polymers and mesoscopic dynamics at structural phase transitions in solids. Theoretical and experimental approaches to shear flow problems in fluids are reviewed. Phase Transition Dynamics provides a comprehensive account, building on the statistical mechanics of phase transitions covered in many introductory textbooks. It will be essential reading for researchers and advanced graduate students in physics, chemistry, metallurgy and polymer science.

• An authoritative and comprehensive treatment of phase transition dynamics • Includes both original research, and important perspectives on published results • An important advanced graduate-level text


Preface; Part I. Statics: 1. Spin systems and fluids; 2. Critical phenomena and scaling; 3. Mean field theories; 4. Advanced theories in statics; Part II. Dynamic Models and Dynamics in Fluids and Polymers: 5. Dynamic models; 6. Dynamics in fluids; 7. Dynamics in polymers and gels; Part III. Dynamics of Phase Changes: 8. Phase ordering and defect dynamics; 9. Nucleation; 10. Phase transition dynamics in solids; 11. Phase transitions of fluids in shear flow; Index.


'… an excellent detailed summary and generalisation of research.' Materials World

'Particular strengths are the many well-presented figures and micrographs of experimental data, and the extensive reference list at the end of each chapter. The receptive audience will be graduate students and active researchers working on phrase transition dynamics in condensed-matter physics and closely related fields. The book fills an important niche, however, and is well worth the effort.' Contemporary Physics

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