Phase Transitions of Simple Systems

  • Stephen Berry
  • Boris Smirnov

Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 1-4
  3. Thermodynamics of Ensembles of Classical Particles

  4. Configurational Excitations and Aggregate States of Ensembles of Classical Particles

  5. Dynamics of Configurational Excitations in Ensembles of Classical Particles

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-245

About this book


This monograph develops a unified microscopic basis for phases and phase changes of bulk matter and small systems in terms of classical physics. The origins of such phase changes are derived from simple but physically relevant models of how transitions between rigid crystalline, glassy and fluid states occur, how phase equilibria arise, and how bulk properties evolve from those of small systems.


Glass-formers Nucleation Phase Transitions Phase changes Phase coexistence Structure-seekers cluster particles phase Transition thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Berry
    • 1
  • Boris Smirnov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Chicago^ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Institute of High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussian Federation

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