Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Phase Transition

  • Henderson James Jim CleavesII
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_4020-3

Definition

Matter in the universe generally exists in one of four phases (states in which matter has essentially uniform physical properties): plasma, gas, liquid, and solid. The transition between each phase has an associated name (Fig. 1). Transitions can also occur within the solid phase.

Keywords

Phase Transition Free Energy Liquid Phase Constant Temperature Latent Heat 
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References and Further Reading

  1. McQuarrie DA, Simon JD (1997) Physical chemistry: a molecular approach. University Science, SausalitoGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)Tokyo Institute of TechnologyMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Blue Marble Space Institute of ScienceWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Chemical EvolutionGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA