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Phase Transitions in Finite Systems

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

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    Abstract

    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 11:16
    Last Modified: 16 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 8340
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8340

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