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What causes a eutectic point?

What causes the melting point depression known as a eutectic point? The temperature depression of a eutectic point can be calculated from the enthaplies and entropies of fusion of the two substances....
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bose einstein phase transition

From Carter's book Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, the partition function of a bose-einstein gas in $d$ dimensions is $$ \ln(Z) = -\int_{0}^{\infty}\ln(1-e^{\beta(\mu-\epsilon)})c_d\epsilon^{...
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Correlation length during phase transitions in early Universe

During phase transitions of the second kind topological defects may form on the bounds of two areas separated by correlation length. In early Universe during phase transitions correlation length $l_{...
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What is the viscosity difference between a solid and a liquid

The pitch drop experiment, for example, shows bitumen as a liquid, even though it appears to be a solid, and then there is the "glass: solid or liquid" debate. Is there a numerical value in viscosity ...
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What is crossover?

It is known that EW and QCD phase transitions in SM are so-called "crossovers". What is the difference between crossover and phase transition of the second kind?
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Topological configurations and phase transitions

It is known that topological defects might appear only during phase transitions of the first kind, while continuous transitions of the second kind and crossovers don't product them. How to explain ...
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Gibbs phase rule and degrees of freedom at the triple point / triple line

The Gibbs phase rule tells me that at a substance's triple point, where there are 3 phases in equilibrium, there should be 0 degrees of freedom. Based on my understanding, that means there should be 0 ...
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Why does hitting a cold bag of water freeze?

About 24 hours ago, I bought a box of 30 pieces water ice. I put them in the freezing compartment and when I came from work I was expecting a nice chilling ice. But when I opened the freezer, I saw ...
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Why do some rectangular lattices turn into cubic lattices upon heating?

Lattices that are rhombic or rectangular have been known to expand in the two shorter axes directions when heated until a cubic structure is reached before expanding linearly in all directions. Why is ...
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Phase transition without the Peierls' counter argument

Is there any proof of the existence of phase transition in models of statistical mechanics of the Ising type models without using the Peierls' argument and its variations? By models of the Ising ...
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What will happen if 0°C water is slowly added into a vacuum container adiabatically/isothermally?

I have thought about this question for a while. If adiabatically, according to the phase diagram, I think the water will first evaporate with temperature decreased because of the 0 pressure. I don't ...
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What are the symmetry criteria for continuous phase transitions in Landau theory?

My understanding is that within Landau theory, a continuous phase transition is only possible if certain symmetry rules are satisfied. (These rules represent necessary but not sufficient conditions ...
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Specific Heat of Liquid Helium

At the lambda point, the specific heat of Liquid Helium diverges. After searching for a curve, I've found only measured curves. Is there a theoretical curve for this transition?
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What happens at lambda point?

When Boson gas approach lambda point (no matter from superfluid side or liquid side),the heat capacity tend to diverge, doesn't this mean that we can never drive the gas through lambda point?(cause we ...
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What is the difference between primary and non primary order parameter?

I found that antiferomagnet has non-primary order parameter and I don't know what is the main feature of (non-)primary order parameter?
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Deformation in the nematic phase of a liquid crystal survived in solid state

Does anyone know if I cool a liquid crystal with a deformed nematic phase quickly it will preserve the deformation in the crystal lattice? I didn't never see that in classical books on liquid crystals....
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Transformation Diagrams for Ceramics

So, in the field of metallurgy, there are a few varieties of phase diagram that are used to predict the post-processing characteristics of alloys. These include Time-Temperature Transformation ...
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EW phase transition and baryogenesis

There are three Sakharov conditions of baryogenesis: CP symmetry violation. Baryon number conservation violation. Thermodynamical equilibrium violation. In SM the first one is satisfied by CKM ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy vs Gibbs Free Energy in Landau Theory

When I was studying thermodynamics potentials for the first time, I learned that keeping the pressure and the temperature constant, the Gibbs Free Energy is a minimum, also, if we maintain the ...
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Is there a definite boundary between a powder and a fluid?

Given a powder of solid substance what will happen if we make the granules smaller and smaller mechanically? Will this eventually make a liquid or gas from the powder? Can there be gaseous substanse ...
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Paramagnetic/ferromagnetic transition under a magnetic field

The paramagnetic/ferromagnetic phase transition is an archetypal example of a continuous (or second-order) phase transition. When the temperature $T$ approaches the Curie temperature $T_c$, the ...
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Good layman definition of the critical point(phases) and supercriticality

I've heard of this point among others, but never really got what it meant. Wikipedia makes one's head spin. The only thing I picked up is that it occurs between liquid and gas, and displays ...
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Is the Landau Free Energy U-TS or βH?

I'm having a hard time figuring out the physical meaning of the Landau Free Energy density: $$f(\phi,\nabla\phi,T) = \frac{1}{2}|\nabla\phi |^2 + \frac{a(T-T_c)}{2}|\phi |^2 + \frac{b}{4}|\phi |^4$$ ...
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What compounds or elements only have one phase or two phases?

Wood appears to be one. I think gases like helium and hydrogen cannot exist in the solid state under normal pressures, correct? And why do those "phase cheaters"-- those elements/compounds which ...
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Why the non-analyticity of free energy function implies phase transition? And what's its connection with other 'higher level' free energies?

I have seen 'free energy' arising from several contexts in very different forms, and each contains different amount of information. For example free energy is defined as the logarithm of the ...
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Universality classes

I would like to ask about the universality classes. I know that these are the statistical models which describes different phase transitions with different critical exponents. But I would like to know ...
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Explanation of relationship between pressure and poiling point of water [closed]

Explain how an increase in pressure elevates the boiling point of water, while reducing the pressure depresses the boiling point?
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Ising model scale invariance

Could someone help me and explain what is the connection between divergence of the correlation length, and the scale invariance. So why will in the critical point the system show scale invariance if ...
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How does the specific resistance / conductivity changes, when melting metals?

According to standard school models, the specific resistance (or conductivity) depends on the movability of the charges. In a metal lattice, some electrons can freely move and are only hindered by ...
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How to understand singularities in physics?

The question is probably two-folded and I will try not to make it too vague, but nonetheless the question remains general. First fold: In most physical laws, that we have analytic mathematical ...
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What would happen to a diamond if it was exposed to near vacuum at room temperature?

I know that coal (graphite) turns into diamond when a high enough pressure is applied, but I guessed it would stay as a diamond unless it was incinerated by a high enough temperature. However, I ...
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Why does the rate of melting of an ice block vary in different methods?

I saw that an ice block melts faster when it is placed in a microwave rather than when it is exposed to flame. Could it be because the flame creates a layer of water vapor between the flame and ice? ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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Regelation, ice cutting, and snowballs

Pressure decreases the melting point of ice, and applying pressure then releasing it will allow ice blocks to weld together by melting them and letting them freeze. See this video. The detractors of ...
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Bose-Einstein phase transition and average number of part in state l

The explanation I have trouble understanding is this: The average number of particles $<n_l>$ on state $l$ is $$<n_l>=\frac{z}{e^{\beta \epsilon_l}-z}$$ where $z=e^{\beta \mu '}$ is the ...
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isochoric first-order transition

I wonder how can we classify a phase transition that occurs (at constant volume) without any discontinuity in pressure but with a step in energy? Is it still a first order transition?
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How to quantify translational symmetry?

I'm trying to study phase transitions and I'm trying to find a way to classify regions of space based on their "crystallinity". I'm working with 3D coordinates, but I'll present the problem in 2D ...
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NVT simulation of the phase transition

Why it is assumed to be incorrect to simulate,say, liquid-solid transition at constant volume (NVT simulation)?
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What is the physical mechanism of the topological phase transition driven by temperature?

The topological property of topological insulators (TIs) is characterized by the non-trivial topological invariants of their band structures, such as $Z_{2}$ topological invariants. While it's clearly ...
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Example of critical (non-relativistic) quantum field theory in 1D?

Is there an example of a critical non-relativistic bosonic quantum field theory in 1D (no time)? So, the field theory can be describe by annihilation, $\psi(x)$, and creation operators, $\psi^\dagger(...
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How does the notion of topological order relate to the Landau-Ginzburg theory of phase transitions?

As per Landau-Ginzburg (LG) theory, we write down a theory (Hamiltonian) with all possible interactions/operators (in terms of some order parameter) that respects certain symmetries. The ground state (...
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What material could be used to study magnetic phase transitions in a college laboratory exercise?

I am working to develop a simple laboratory exercise in solid state physics to be conducted by fourth year students of physics. The idea of the exercise is for the student to get some experience in ...
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What is the different between topological order and Landau's order in a system

I have thought about topological order for a long time, but I am still confused it. Roughly speaking in my understanding, the topological state is the eigen-state of some special symmetry such time ...
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Meaning of chemical equilibrium between two phases

Suppose two phases 1 and 2 of water, say ice and water, are kept in a closed container, at a fixed temperature $T$ and fixed pressure $P$? Then I have the following question: Is phase 1 in ...
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Must a symmetric phase and a symmetry-breaking phase be different?

When I was reading this paper, it urged me to ask whether a symmetric phase and a symmetry breaking phase must be different? As I am considering quantum phase transitions, let $H(g)$ be a general ...
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Pressure and Phase Experiment Questions

Consider the experiment where a test tube filled with water is inverted in a beaker of water . (The following figures are not to scale of actual apparatus.) At time t=0, the instantaneous snapshot is ...
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How can we describe or model the spread of ice during the freezing of the surface of a still lake?

Premise: I live in a place where it is unquestionably wintertime in every aspect of the phrase. I was driving down the street and I drove by a lake. There was a recent and sudden temperature drop (...
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Metallic to insulating spin density wave transition in Hubbard model

For a half-filled Hubbard model with weak on-site Coulomb interaction ($U/t<<1$), it's quite intuitive that very likely the system will be in metallic phase. However, there is also such a ...
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Concentration distribution in a phase separated mixture. Can't get the correct ODEs and boundary conditions

I wish to compute the equilibrium concentration distribution of a binary mixture that has phase separated. I start with writing the free energy as a functional depending of the concentration. I use ...