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Does a negative line tension in a 3-fluid immiscible interface make sense?

This question is inspired by this question/answer pair: Is this formula for the energy of a configuration of 3 fluids physically reasonable? Consider three immiscible fluids forming contact surfaces, ...
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Adiabatic transition from superfluid to Mott insulator?

I have a question about the dynamical passage from superfluid to Mott insulator state in the Bose-Hubbard model. Is it possible to go from superfluid region to the Mott insulator by changing the ...
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What is the real cause of the boiling (forming of bubbles) of water?

I've got a question about the boiling of water. I'm a first year physics student and from the Netherlands. I've searched alot about the boiling of water and this confused me. Everyone said something ...
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Role of heat flux on bubble size

This is sort of related to this question, in that the question was spawned from the same question on Worldbuilding. Say you have a relatively shallow open pool of water (a pot or pan). When the ...
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What phase is water at 262C and 15bar? [closed]

what phase is water at 262C and 15bar? at which conditions and above can we be sure that the water is totally gaseous? can I see a water phase graph for 262C and 15bar?
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FCC-to-BCC phase transition in NaCl, Buckingham or Lennard-Jones potentials?

Background The transformation from B1 (face centered cubic (FCC) type) to B2 (body centered cubic (body centered cubic (BCC) type) structures is one of the best documented high pressure phase ...
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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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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What is Phase Transition in Cosmology and where does the energy of it comes from?

There are different theories on how our universe will end. The Big Crunch, The Big Rip, The Big Freeze but I also heard about Phase Transition on a space science program on a science channel, what ...
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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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Melting ice: reversible or irreversible?

I am looking into whether the melting of ice (or any substance for that matter) at constant pressure and temperature is reversible or irreversible. Different sources say different things, and it may ...
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What is the source of the Curie point?

I'm seriously revisiting my knowledge on magnetism, and the Curie point has been both enlightening and mystifying. I understand what it does ((ferro)magnetism disappears above it), and have a faint ...
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Simple estimation of the critical temperature of water

I'm trying to develop fermi estimation skills and I came up with a question for which I don't even know where to start from. Here goes: Is it possible to estimate the critical temperature (say in ...
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How to deduce the modified Flory-Huggins equation in this form?

In the paper of "Solution Properties of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)" (M. Heskins and J. E. Guillet, Journal of Macromolecular Science: Part A - Chemistry, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pages 1441-1455, 1968), they ...
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does a rocking kettle cause the water to boil more slowly?

When I boil water in the kettle on my electric stove, sometimes it rocks back and forth making an annoying sound at a frequency of about 6Hz. When that happens, I move the kettle slightly to make it ...
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The driving force for first order phase transition

The driving force for the solidfication is said to be the free energy difference, but phase transition actually happens due to change of temperature toward the critical temperature. It seems that ...
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Besides water, which substances are less dense as solids than as liquids?

You can read everywhere about water's extraordinary property of expanding when frozen, thus the reason ice floats on liquid water. What other substances do this? There are claims of mercury, silica, ...
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Nature of phase transitions in Kitaev honeycomb model

Short version of my question is this : what is the nature of the phase transition in the Kitaev honeycomb model ? Longer version: Kitaev honeycomb model undergoes a phase transition from a gapped to ...
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Phase transition in mean field theory Ising model

For the Ising model mean field theory is supposed to give quantitatively correct answers in dimensions>=4. I have written code to compare the results of mean field theory to a 4D or 5D Ising model and ...
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What leads to the existence of critical temperature?

We know that $T_c$ is the temperature above which no amount of pressure could force a gas to liquefy. But why is this? Somehow I don't buy the point that the gas molecules exert too much pressure ...
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What is “Dynamical phase transition”?

What is "Dynamical phase transition"? It is a fancy notion now. But what exactly does it mean? What is the difference between it and the conventional phase transition?
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First and second order phase transitions

Recently I've been puzzling over the definitions of first and second order phase transitions. The Wikipedia article (at the time of writing) starts by explaining that Ehrenfest's original definition ...
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Temperature dependence of phase transition in Quantum Hall Effect

Most phase transitions have a distinct critical temperature, depending on the parameters of the system. For example, the critical temperature of Bose-Einstein condensation depends on the particle ...
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Kerr-Newman Black Holes' Phase Transitions in De Sitter Space

At $J=km^2$ Kerr black holes' specific heat shows infinite discontinuity. Therefore as Kerr black holes' angular momentum gets close to $km^2$ where $k$ is determined by Kerr-Newman metric and $m$ is ...
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Why does Triple point exist?

In thermodynamics, the triple point of a substance is the temperature and pressure at which the three phases (gas, liquid, and solid) of that substance coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium. Is ...
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Why does matter exist in 3 states (liquids, solid, gas)?

Why does matter on the earth exist in three states? Why cannot all matter exist in only one state (i.e. solid/liquid/gas)?
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Example of a system that becomes anisotropic

I'm trying to find examples of physical systems that go through some type of phase transition in which they go from being isotropic to anisotropic. Perhaps some system that become more anisotropic as ...
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Bose-Einstein condensation and phase transition

I would like to ask the following question for which I cannot find a definite answer in the literature. Of what ORDER is the phase transition leading to Bose-Einstein condensation for a ideal and ...
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What causes a Phase-Transition?

A phase transition occurs when for example, heat is applied continuously to a liquid and after a certain time it converts into a gas. How does this process work in detail? Is their a chain reaction ...
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How to calculate the critical temperatures of noble gases such as He, Ne, and Ar?

It seems like Lennard-Jones potential should be used to calculate the critical temperatures of such noble gases. But I'm not sure how to actually do it. Could anyone give me some ideas or suggestions ...
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What is special about many-body localization as opposed to Mott insulator

What is the difference between localization in a many-body localization system and localization in a Mott insulator? Is the difference that many-body localization is driven by disorder while Mott ...
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Why does a Heisenberg magnet break the O(3) symmetry in stead of SU(2)?

As stated in the question, why does a Heisenberg magnet break the $O(3)$ symmetry while degrees of freedom of the underlying spins are $SU(2)$?
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Why would different metals glow red at different temperatures?

According to everything I've been taught about incandescence and black-body radiation, and some quick Googling to confirm I'm not crazy, just about everything, regardless of composition, should start ...
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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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Are there alternatives to steam in thermal power stations?

'A thermal power station is a power plant in which heat energy is converted to electric power. In most of the world the prime mover is steam driven. Water is heated, turns into steam and spins a steam ...
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Why is boiling water loud, then quiet?

Water in my electric kettle makes the most noise sixty to ninety seconds before the water comes to a full boil. I have been fooled many times by the noisy kettle, only to discover that the water was ...
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Understanding the $\phi^4$ phase diagram

I'm having trouble making sense of this phase diagram. The model is a $V(\phi)=g_2 \phi^2+g_4\phi^4$ scalar field theory. Here's what I think I understand: the capital letters represent different ...
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The thermodynamics of heating water in a rigid container

When the pressure on the liquid surface is less than the vapor pressure of the liquid at a given temperature, the liquid will start to evaporate. This is common sense. The problem is more difficult ...
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Understanding this metaphor involving e-mails, chaos and phase transitions [closed]

I asked this question on the English Stack Exchange and people advised to try get the answer here. I can’t get the idea of metaphor in the last sentence of the following quote: Instead, email ...
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What is our most complete microscopic theory for the elastic-plastic transition point?

I suppose its all stated in the title. What is our most successful description of the microscopic behavior of material at the elastic-plastic transition point. My condensed matter physics prof was ...
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Fermi estimate for ice nucleation timescale

My friends in a Cryo-EM lab freeze their very samples quickly, a process they call vitrification. The timescale for this process is milliseconds (from wikipedia): The production of amorphous ice ...
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The temperature a liquid would boil: question incorrectly formulated or not?

I have met a question in a high school physics book which I think is incorrectly formulated. The question is this: In order to reach boiling temperature, a certain liquid requires twice the amount of ...
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The question about codimension of fixed point and about irrelevant operators

Recently I've read about Wilsonian renormalization group (WRG) in context of condensed matter phase transitions. The important concepts of WRG are fixed points and type of operators (eigenvalue, ...
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Heat capacity across a phase transition-inconsistency?

In the books I have seen two descriptions of what the heat capacity does across a first-order phase transition. The diagram in this question First Order Phase Transition - Heat Capacity seems to ...
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What actually makes boiling happen?

Boiling can be breezed over easily with a few rudimentary diagrams and a couple equations, but I seek a deeper explanation. The definition of boiling is that the vapor pressure in the liquid is ...
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Liquid/solid to plasma?

During a phase change we can go from solid to gas via the process of sublimation. The diagram given below indicates that there is no analogous process for the transition from solid (or liquid) to ...
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Derivation of a equation in closed, phases coexisting system

I'm trying to show that for a closed system consisting of two phases coexisting in equilibrium at a temperature $T$ and under a pressure $P$. $$(\frac{\partial P}{\partial ...
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What is the relation between the representation the Higgs field transforms under, the types of couplings in the theory and Higgs/Coulomb branches?

When reading about Higgs and Coulomb 'phases' I came across two separate definitions: The first tells us that the Higgs/Coulomb phases are determined by the representation that the Higgs field ...
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If an Ising model is in contact with two thermal reservoirs, would it still experience a phase transition if one of the reservoirs is below Tc?

For example; Two reservoirs are at each end of a one dimensional or even two dimensional lattice. One of the reservoirs has the temperature T < Tc. Would the lattice site have a phase transition ...
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Could a falling office tower cause the melting of its iron or steel support structure? [closed]

Discussion on META: Questions related to geopolitical events Suppose you have an office tower, weighing around 300,000 metric tons, and has a height of ...