Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 243–261 | Cite as

Nonclassical equations of state for critical and tricritical points

  • Jeffrey R. Fox


We develop a method by which certain classical equations of state may be modified to produce nonclassical critical scaling behavior. We then apply this method to the classical free energy describing a tricritical point that was originally introduced by Griffiths. The phase behavior of the resulting nonclassical free energy is characterized by the competition between critical scaling and tricritical scaling already envisioned by previous authors.

Key words

Thermodynamics equation of state phase equilibria critical phenomena tricritical critical scaling exponent crossover 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey R. Fox
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCornell UniversityIthaca

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