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Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystals: Introduction to Phase Transition Theories

  • P. Barois
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 290)

Abstract

The understanding of continuous phase transitions and critical phenomena has been one of the important breakthrough in condensed matter physics in the early seventies. The concepts of scaling behavior and universality introduced by Kadanoff and Widom and the calculation of non gaussian exponents by Wilson and Fisher are undeniably brilliant successes of statistical physics in the study of low temperature phase transitions (normal to superconductor, normal to superfluid helium) and liquid gas critical points.

Keywords

Liquid Crystal Nematic Phase Free Energy Density Tricritical Point Superfluid Helium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Barois
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  1. 1.Centre de Recherche Paul PascalPessacFrance

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