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Phase Transition Dynamics

Phase Transition Dynamics

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521572934

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  • This 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. New topics include supercritical fluid dynamics, stress-diffusion coupling in polymers, and mesoscopic dynamics at structural phase transitions in solids.

    • 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
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    "This book...is certainly a veritable tour de force in its scope and depth of presentation. There is no doubt in my mind that Onuki's ponderous volume will serve as a standard reference on dynamics of phase transitions for years to come." Journal of Statistical Physics

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521572934
    • length: 726 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.46kg
    • contains: 224 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Akira Onuki, Kyoto University, Japan
    Akira Onuki obtained his PhD from the University of Tokyo. Since 1983, he has held a position at Kyoto University, taking up his current professorship in 1991. He has made important contributions to the study of phase transition dynamics in both fluid and solid systems.

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