Phase Transitions of Simple Systems / Edition 1

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This monograph develops a unified microscopic basis for phases and phase changes of bulk matter and small systems, based on classical physics. It describes the thermodynamics of ensembles of particles and explains phase transition in gaseous and liquid systems. The origins are derived from simple but physically relevant models of how transitions occur between rigid and fluid states, of how phase equilibria arise, and how they differ for small and large systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642090738
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics, #42
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Stephen Berry is James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Chemistry Department at The University of Chicago. He has studied phase changes and phase equilibria for twenty years. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., and has been author or coauthor of five books prior to this. He and his coauthor of this book have known each other for over 40 years, from the time both were working on atomic collision processes. They have been collaborating for about 10 years, in their studies of clusters and of phase transitions.

Boris M. Smirnov is a distinguished physicist who worked for many years at the Institute for Ball Lightning, prior to his joining the Institute for High Temperatures in Moscow.

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Table of Contents

Thermodynamics of Ensembles of Classical Particles.- Excitations in Simple Atomic Ensembles.- Structures of Ensembles of Interacting Particles.- Thermodynamics of Dense Gases and Liquids.- Clusters with Short-Range Interaction.- Ensembles of Classical Particles with Repulsion.- Configurational Excitations and Aggregate States of Ensembles of Classical Particles.- Configurational Excitation and Voids in Ensembles of Bound Classical Atoms.- Configurational Cluster Excitation with Pairwise Interactions.- Phase Transitions in Macroscopic Systems of Atoms.- Melting of Clusters and Bulk Atomic Ensembles.- Dynamics of Configurational Excitations in Ensembles of Classical Particles.- Coexistence of Cluster Phases.- Glassy States of an Ensemble of Bound Atoms.- Transport of Voids in Nucleation Processes.- Conclusion and Summary.

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