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The Physics of Structural Phase Transitions

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Back Matter

    Pages 237-247

About this book

Phase transitions in which crystalline solids undergo structural changes present an interesting problem in the interplay between the crystal structure and the ordering process. This text, intended for readers with some prior knowledge of condensed-matter physics, emphasizes the basic physics behind such spontaneous structural changes in crystals. Starting with the relevant thermodynamic principles, the book discusses the nature of order variables and their collective motion in a crystal lattice; in a structural phase transition a singularity in such a collective mode is responsible for the lattice instability, as revealed by soft phonons. This mechanism is analogous to the interplay of a charge-density wave and a periodically deformed lattice in low- dimensional conductors. The text also describes experimental methods for modulated crystal structures and gives examples of structural changes in representative systems. The book is divided into two parts. The first, theoretical, part includes such topics as: the Landau theory of phase transitions; statistics, correlations and the mean-field approximation; pseudospins and their collective modes; soft lattice modes and pseudospin condensates; lattice imperfections and their role in the phase transitions of real crystals. The second part discusses experimental studies of modulated crystals using x-ray diffraction, neutron inelastic scattering, light scattering, dielectric measurements, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. While the presence of modulated structures in the critical region was not particularly suggested in the published.

Keywords

  • crystal
  • crystal structure
  • phase transition
  • scattering

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This is a compact and rather consistent treatise of the Physics of Structural Phase Transitions (PSPT). Since the presentation is based on a very transparent pseudospin condensate approach and on the Landau mean-field theory, this book is accessible to students at under-graduate and post-graduate levels." (Valentin Zagrebnov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1110 (12), 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Physics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

    Minoru Fujimoto

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Physics of Structural Phase Transitions

  • Authors: Minoru Fujimoto

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2725-8

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag New York 1997

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4757-2725-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 247

  • Topics: Condensed Matter Physics

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