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Thermodynamics of Crystalline States

Fujimoto, Minoru

2nd ed. 2013, XI, 275 p. 84 illus.

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  • Contains new chapters on revised soliton theory and magnetic crystals
  • Includes substantially revised text for a better understanding of the material
  • Describes the dynamical role played by the crystal lattice in the thermodynamic environment, which is not seriously considered in similar books
  • Explores new theories of Adiabatic Potentials, Critical Anomalies, and Isothermal Phasing
  • Serves to thoroughly explain the dynamic nature of crystal lattices with experimental evidence
Thermodynamics is a well-established discipline of physics for properties of matter in thermal equilibrium with the surroundings. Applying to crystals, however, the laws encounter undefined properties of crystal lattice, which therefore need to be determined for a clear and well-defined description of crystalline states. Thermodynamics of Crystalline States explores the roles played by order variables and dynamic lattices in crystals in a wholly new way.

The book begins by clarifying basic concepts for stable crystals. Next, binary phase transitions are discussed to study collective motion of order variables, as described mostly as classical phenomena. New to this edition is the examination of magnetic crystals, where magnetic symmetry is essential for magnetic phase transitions. The multi-electron system is also discussed  theoretically, as a quantum-mechanical example, for superconductivity in metallic crystals. Throughout the book, the role played by the lattice is emphasized and studied in-depth.

Thermodynamics of Crystalline States is an introductory treatise and textbook on mesoscopic phenomena in solid states, constituting a basic subject in condensed matter physics. While this book serves as a guide for advanced students in physics and material science, it can also be useful as a reference for all professionals in related fields.

Minoru Fujimoto is author of Physics of Classical Electromagnetism (Springer, 2007) and The Physics of Structural Phase Transitions (Springer, 2005).

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Binary Transitions - Critical Fluctuations - Electron-phonon Interactions - Lattice Dynamics - Nonlinear Thermodynamics - Order-disorder Dynamics - Soliton Theory - Structural Phase Transitions - Superconductivity in Simple Metals - Symmetry Change - Thermodynamics of Crystalline States

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Materials - Physical Chemistry

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Phonons.- The Correlation Energy and Crystal Symmetry.- Mean-Field Theories in Binary Ordering.- Pseudospin Clusters.- Critical Fluctuations.- Pseudospin Correlations.- The Soliton Theory of Long-range Order.- Soft Modes.- Experimental Studies on Critical Fluctuations.- Magnetic Crystals.- Electrons and Phonons in Metals.- Superconducting Phases.- Theories of Superconducting Transitions.- Appendix.- Index.

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