Phase transitions: An overview with a view

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The dynamics of phase transitions plays a crucial role in the so- called interface between high energy particle physics and cosmology. Many of the interesting results generated during the last fifteen years or so rely on simplified assumptions concerning the complex mechanisms typical of nonequilibrium field theories. After reviewing well-known results concerning the dynamics of first and second order phase transitions, I argue that much is yet to be understood, in particular in situations where homogeneous nucleation theory does not apply. I present a method to deal with departures from homogeneous nucleation, and compare its efficacy with numerical simulations. Finally, ... continued below

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Gleiser, M. October 1, 1997.

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The dynamics of phase transitions plays a crucial role in the so- called interface between high energy particle physics and cosmology. Many of the interesting results generated during the last fifteen years or so rely on simplified assumptions concerning the complex mechanisms typical of nonequilibrium field theories. After reviewing well-known results concerning the dynamics of first and second order phase transitions, I argue that much is yet to be understood, in particular in situations where homogeneous nucleation theory does not apply. I present a method to deal with departures from homogeneous nucleation, and compare its efficacy with numerical simulations. Finally, I discuss the interesting problem of matching numerical simulations of stochastic field theories with continuum models.

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  • Fundamental Physics at the Birth of the Universe II, Rome (Italy), 19-24 May 1997

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  • Other: DE98051234
  • Report No.: FNAL/C--97/324-A
  • Report No.: CONF-9705201--
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 577007
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697681

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Gleiser, M. Phase transitions: An overview with a view, article, October 1, 1997; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697681/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.