Dynamical test of phase transition order

P. E. Cladis, Wim Van Saarloos, David A. Huse, J. S. Patel, J. W. Goodby, P. L. Finn

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The dynamics of the interface between an ordered phase, characterized by an order parameter, , and a disordered phase where =0 provide a promising, powerful tool to distinguish between continuous or second-order and weakly first-order phase transitions. We apply this idea to the nematic"smectic-A transition and find that this transition is weakly first order even when the latent heat is too small to measure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1764-1767
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Cladis, P. E., Van Saarloos, W., Huse, D. A., Patel, J. S., Goodby, J. W., & Finn, P. L. (1989). Dynamical test of phase transition order. Physical review letters, 62(15), 1764-1767. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.62.1764