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Phase Transitions in Finite Systems

Mainwood, Paul (2005) Phase Transitions in Finite Systems. [Preprint]

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This paper examines the apparent paradox in the fact that all successful theoretical treatments of phase transitions require an infinite system, yet they are clearly seen to occur in finite systems in the real world. A simple resolution is offered, and the paper ends with a consideration of analogies that can be taken in interpretations of quantum theory.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Phase transitions, QSM
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Dr Paul Mainwood
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 8340

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