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Questions tagged [critical-phenomena]

The physics of critical phenomena is the physics of systems close to a critical point, like the critical temperature in a ferromagnetic transition or the critical point of a gas-liquid transition. Examples of critical phenomena include dynamical slowing down, divergence of correlation length and ergodicity breaking.

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Aluminum critical current vs temperature fit

I have some data at different temperatures of Al's critical current (from 600 mK to 1.5K). Tc of Al is ~ 1.3. I am now trying to fit this data to a model to extract the theoretical critical current ...
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Difference between domain size and correlation length in ferromagnetic materials?

I am getting confused about different length scales in magnetic materials. I understand that the correlation length for a ferromagnetic materials is defined as <(s(x)−<(s(x))>)(s(y)−<(s(y))>)>...
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Wolff cluster update in Monte Carlo simulation - at critical temperature [closed]

A general question to the Monte Carlo experts. When I use Wolff algorithm for global updates, say for Ising 2d, I always flip at least one spin (the initial random spin in the cluster). So, near the ...
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If a salt solution heated under a pressure slightly lower than critical pressure will it boil?

8.8% NaCl solution for example have a critical point of 450°C under 423 bar pressure. If we heat such solution to same temperature under slightly lower pressure i.e. 420 bar should it will boil or it ...
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Why are RG flow fixed points associated with different phases?

Why are RG flow fixed points associated with different phases? I thought the RG makes only statements about behavior near to critical points... a definite phase is far away from the critical point, ...
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How does renormalization relate to emergence?

In statistical mechanics renormalization is often related to coarse-graining which in turn allows to calculate some macroscopic states. The resulting macroscopic description is sometimes called ...
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At what critical Reynolds number does vortex shedding begin?

In: "Fluid Dynamics", Chapter 3 (Turbulence), Section 26, Landau and Lifchitz analyze the problem of the stability of a steady flow past a body of finite size. The fluid is assumed to be ...
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What is the topology of a phase diagram?

Looking at various two-variable phase diagrams I was struck by that on every one I have seen so far all the phases formed simple connected regions; see, for example the phase diagrams of $H_2O$ or of $...
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How does the transition to turbulence happen in incompressible fluids?

The question is difficult to understand unless I explain why I am asking it. I would not really be interested in Fluid Dynamics if the transition to turbulent flow were not, at least approximately, ...
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Ising Model with site-dependent magnetic field

Consider an Ising system in an external field, which is different at different sites. The Hamiltonian of the system is given by $H = -J\sum_{<i,j>}^{}s_i s_j - \sum_{i}^{} h_i s_i$ Here each ...
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Why does Critical Points have fluctuations on all scales (Infinite correlation length?

I have been studying statistical field theory for a while and I still haven't found a physical explanation for this question. Every answer seems to be kind of circular. Basically something like this: "...
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Long Range order in 2D Ising model

We know from the exact solutions for 2D Ising model on square lattice the long range order appears bellow critical temperature, but how does this agree with the Mermin-Wagner theorem, from which we ...
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System-size dependent phase transitions

I noticed that some physical phenomena require a system of size above some critical value to be observed. Two examples I know are: For a single-atom gold wire, there is a critical number of atoms to ...
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Trouble with critical expotent β

In the context of the Landau Theory of phase transitions, applying the mean field theory in an attempt to describe transitions such as the Nematic - Isotropic, the Landau energy density is given by $...
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Reaching critical point in a fluid

I have carbon dioxide in a pressure reactor. I can control both temperature and pressure inside the container (or, equivalently, temperature and amount of fluid). I need to reach the critical point in ...
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Free energy second derivative at critical point of gas-liquid transition

In 2 lines this book says that the second derivative of the thermodynamic Helmholtz free energy density $a\left(\rho,T\right)$ with respect to density of a one-component fluid, $\rho$, when we ...
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$pp$ and $p\bar p$ scattering energy scaling exponents and 3d directed percolation model critical exponents similarity/equality, why?

$pp$ and $p\bar p$ scattering can be approximately described (in the Regge limit, that is, when $s \gg m \gt |t|$) by the exchange of Reggeons defined by the following Regge trajectory (low $s$): $$\...
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Why does the RG group flow's linearization provide an eigenbasis at fixed points?

I'm reading Conformal Field Theory by David Sénéchal, Philippe Di Francesco, and Pierre Mathieu. Let $T$ be the map that generates the renormalization (semi-)group by taking couplings $J$ to $J'$ (...
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What happens to the dynamical critical exponent in the quantum-classical mapping?

It is well-known that one can, e.g., map the classical 2D Ising model to the 1D quantum Ising chain. Moreover, their critical points are related. Hence, if one is interested in critical exponents ...
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Why is the upper critical dimension of the Ising model 4?

I have read in various sources, that the critical exponents of the Ising Model are identical to the meanfield ones for dimensions $d \geq 4$. In trying to understand this better I came across the ...
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Why does a vanishing energy gap indicate a phase transition?

More concretely: When looking at the Ising model in the description of Bogoliubov fermions, we get an explicit expression for the energy gap, that vanishes for a particular value of the magnetic field....
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Is there any positive temperature from which superconductivity ceases?

From what I understand about superconductivity, it is due to a coupling between Cooper pairs and phonons. At the absolute 0, there is no phonon, so I assume superconductivity cannot exist at that ...
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Apparition of scale invariance

When did "scale invariance" started to be seen as an important concept in the theory of phase transition? Phase transition and critical points started to be investigated in earnest in the middle of ...
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Mean field critical exponents and the Gaussian approximation?

A while a go I asked this question on the difference between mean field theory and the Gaussian approximation. This question is related to that. The mean field critical exponents for the Ising model ...
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Correlation length at low temperatures?

The correlation length gives (approximately) the distance over which a spin flip has an effect. For systems with ordered phases, at low temperatures the correlation length is then small (since a ...
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What can happen on the “other side” of Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless (BKT) transition?

There is a generalized concept of Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless (BKT) transition in any dimension [not just in 2 dimensional classical system or 1+1 dimensional quantum system], such that the ...
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What is the difference between these three definitions of specific liquid heat capacity?

This is an excerpt from the page 6.18 of book "Properties of gases and liquids, 5th ed". I can figure out the difference between the first one C_pL with other two, but cannot distinguish latter two, ...
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Is it sufficient to consider a small part of a system (without potential energy sources which can be released) to determine if it's chaotic?

The world around us abounds with chaotic systems: dripping taps (when a certain dripping rate is reached the dripping becomes irregular, which can be seen in this old but very entertaining video, ...
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Why is there no critical exponent for energy in the (2D) Ising model?

The majority of resources on the Ising model state something along the lines of: "Second order transitions are classified by their critical exponents, which measure the divergence at the critical ...
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spontaneous symmetry breaking within critical phases

There are many examples of the spontaneous symmetry breaking in discrete symmetries which result in the gapped phases, such as dimerization phase of the quantum antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 chain which ...
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Is the Landau free energy scale-invariant at the critical point?

My question is different but based on the same quote from Wikipedia as here. According to Wikipedia, In statistical mechanics, scale invariance is a feature of phase transitions. The key ...
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Landau theory; irrelevence of the lattice strcture?

In Ginzburg-Landau theory the derivative terms in the free energy depend on the structure of the lattice1. That said when looking at e.g. the O(3)-model the only derivative term kept is $$(\vec \nabla ...
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Primary Operators in the Ising CFT

The 1D Ising model at criticality is given by the Hamiltonian $H=-\mathcal{N} \sum_i (\sigma^x_i \sigma^x_{i+1} + \sigma_i^z)$ in terms of Pauli operators and a normalization $\mathcal{N}$. In CFT ...
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Why is it interesting to study “quantum quench” at a critical point?

In the presentation, "Quantum Quenches in Extended Systems", by S. Sotiriadis, P. Calabrese and J. Cardy, it was pointed out that quatum quench through a critical point remains an open problem. Why ...
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Compactification of Bosonic Closed Strings on $T^2$ and $T^3$

I am looking for a text to explain compactification of bosonic closed strings on $T^2$ and $T^3$ by focusing on its gauge groups enhancement. In fact, I want to know in each case ($T^2$ and $T^3$) how ...
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free energy of a gapless quantum system

It is well known that the free energy density of a CFT behaves at low temperatures as $$ f(T)=f(0)-\frac{\pi c T^2}{6v}, $$ where $c$ is the central charge of the Virasoro algebra and $v$ the ...
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Relationship between the validity of mean field treatment and the strength of coupling/interaction

Mean field is a quite common treatment in studying phase transition and critical phenomena, although it neglects fluctuations. Imagine we have a Hamiltonian consists of free part and interaction part:...
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Percolation theory: What is the critical amplitude for the “backbone” of a 2-D network?

Disclaimer: I am just learning about percolation theory for the first time, so I am not too familiar with some of the terminology. Suppose you have a 2-D square lattice with bonds connecting sites. ...
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Ain't “the straw that brakes the camel's back” an example of a critical phenomenon, instead of chaotic behavior?

In this old but very interesting video (the part where they show two concentric cylinders, Couette cells, in which the visible liquid shows very strange behavior if the velocity with which the ...
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Why is the critical exponent $\alpha$ negative at the Ising spin-glass transition?

The specific heat usually diverges at a phase transition - typically as a power-law, giving a critical exponent $\alpha > 0$. (Although in 2D, sometimes the divergence is only logarithmic, as with ...
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Why is the correlation function a power law at the critical point?

I’m taking my first exam in statistical field theory and critical phenomena. I’ve reached a point in which we use the fact that the pair correlation function decays as a power law at the critical ...
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Trouble with critical exponents

I want to show that $$\frac{\langle S_iS_j\rangle}{\langle S_i\rangle^2}\rightarrow 0$$ in the ferromagnetic phase for dimension $d\geq 4$. My problem is the following: I know that $$\frac{\...
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What's that theorem? All RG operators flow to directed percolation?

I can't for the life of me get this theorem straight. I can remember neither the name nor it's statement and would be grateful for anyone who wants to toss out some wisdom. It pertains to the ...
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Can thermal fluctuations be a source spatial variation in local value of the order parameter?

Usually, textbooks point out that such spatial variations of the order parameter (or order parameter "density") can arise due to inhomogeneous external fields e.g., the local magnetization $m(\textbf{...
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Scale invariance at phase transitions

The Wikipedia entry for scale invariance states In statistical mechanics, scale invariance is a feature of phase transitions. The key observation is that near a phase transition or critical ...
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What's about the critical exponents and RG flow in upper critical dimension $D=4$?

We know when $D>4$, i.e. $D$ larger than upper critical dimension, then critical exponents are exactly same as the ones of mean field . When $D<4$, critical exponents are not given correctly by ...
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Does Heisenberg ferromagnet has inifinite number of phases below the critical temperature?

This is an upshot of the question here. The up-aligned and the down-aligned spin configurations are assumed to be two distinct phases in case of an Ising ferromagnet. But for Heisenberg ferromagnet, ...
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Is there a phase coexistence line below the critical temperature $T_c$ in normal to superfluid transition?

In the case of water, there is a phase coexistence line (called the liquid-gas coexistence curve) which ends in a critical point. And this line separates the gas phase from the liquid phase in the P-T ...
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What is the universal definition of the order parameter that is valid irrespective of the nature of the phase transition?

Plausible definition Consider a phase transition from phase 1 to phase 2. The order parameter is zero in one of the phases 1 or 2 and nonzero in the other. For example, in normal (phase 1) to ...
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Are the first order phase transitions always associated with a latent heat?

Is the first order ferromagnetic transition below the critical temperature associated with latent heat? For example, the transition of ferromagnetic configuration with all its spins aligned up to a ...