Synopses & Reviews
This book treats a wide variety of topics systematically by constructing time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau models for various systems in physics, metallurgy, and polymer science. Beginning with a summary of advanced statistical-mechanical theories including the renormalization group theory, the book reviews dynamical theories, and covers the kinetics of phase ordering, spinodal decomposition, and nucleation in depth. The phase transition dynamics of real systems are discussed, treating interdisciplinary problems in a unified manner. New topics include supercritical fluid dynamics, stress-diffusion coupling in polymers, and mesoscopic dynamics at structural phase transitions in solids.
Review
"This book...is certainly a veritable tour de force in its scope and depth of presentation. There is no doubt in my mind that Onuki's ponderous volume will serve as a standard reference on dynamics of phase transitions for years to come." Journal of Statistical Physics
Synopsis
A fully comprehensive discussion of the subject for researchers and graduate students.
Synopsis
Phase transitions occur widely in solids, liquids and gases, making the subject of this book highly relevant not only to physicists, but also to chemists, metallurgists and polymer scientists. Akira Onuki builds on the statistical mechanics of phase transitions covered in many introductory textbooks and provides a fully comprehensive treatment of the subject that will be of interest to researchers and advanced graduate students.
Synopsis
Phase Transition Dynamics provides a fully comprehensive treatment of the study of phase transitions. Building on the statistical mechanics of phase transitions, covered in many introductory textbooks, it will be essential reading for researchers and advanced graduate students in physics, chemistry, metallurgy and polymer science.
About the Author
AKIRA ONUKI obtained his PhD from the University of Tokyo. Since 1983, he has held a position at Kyoto University, taking up his current professorship in 1991. He has made important contributions to the study of phase transition dynamics in both fluid and solid systems.
Table of Contents
Part I. Statics: 1. Spin systems and fluids; 2. Critical fluctuations and scaling; 3. Mean field theories; 4. Advanced theories in statics; Part II. Dynamic Models and Dynamics in Fluids and Polymers: 5. Dynamical models; 6. Dynamics in fluids; 7. Dynamics in polymers and gels; Part III. Dynamics of Phase Changes: 8. Phase ordering and defect dynamics; 9. Nucleation; 10. Phase transition dynamics in solids; 11. Phase transitions of fluids in shear flow.