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Basic Concepts for Simple and Complex Liquids

Basic Concepts for Simple and Complex Liquids


  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521789530

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  • Presenting a unified approach to the liquid state, this book focusses on the concepts and theoretical methods that are necessary for an understanding of the physics and chemistry of the fluid state. The authors do not attempt to cover the whole field in an encyclopedic manner. Instead, important ideas are presented in a concise and rigorous style, and illustrated with examples from both simple molecular liquids and more complex soft condensed matter systems such as polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals. After a general chapter introducing the liquid state, the book is in four parts devoted to: thermodynamics; structure and fluctuations; phase transitions, interfaces and inhomogeneous fluids; and, finally, transport and dynamics. Each chapter introduces a new set of closely related concepts and theoretical methods, which are then illustrated by a number of specific applications covering a broad range of physical situations.

    • Jean-Pierre Hansen is the well known author of the classic book on liquids - Theory of Simple Liquids, 2nd edition
    • Deals with the physics and chemistry of a wide range of complex liquids
    • Will be of interest to physicists, chemists, chemical engineers and material scientists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521789530
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus. 1 table 27 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to liquid matter
    Part I. Thermodynamics, Structure and Fluctuations:
    2. A reminder of thermodynamics
    3. Equilibrium fluctuations
    Part II. Phase Transitions:
    4. Mean field approaches
    5. Critical fluctuations and scaling
    Part III. Interfaces and Inhomogeneous Fluids:
    6. Macroscopic description of interfaces
    7. The density functional approach
    8. Curvature and fluctuations
    Part IV. Dynamics:
    9. Phenomenological description of transport processes
    10. Brownian motion, diffusion and the Langevin equation
    11. Response and correlation functions
    12. Slow relaxations.

  • Authors

    Jean-Louis Barrat, Université Lyon I

    Jean-Pierre Hansen, University of Cambridge

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