Introduction to Phase Transitions

  • Ekhard Salje (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • William Lee
G3 10 (Lecture hall)


This lecture will focus on introducing the basic concepts used in the study of phase transitions. Topics covered will include:
- Types of phase transitions: order-disorder, displacive, first order, second order, tricritical.
- Critical exponents.
- Models of phase transitions: the Ising Model, Landau-Ginzberg theory.
- Phase transitions and microstructures, twin walls and surfaces.
- Experimental measurements and simulations of phase transitions.

Katja Bieling

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Contact via Mail

Stefan Müller

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

Dominique Schryvers

University of Antwerp