Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jean Zinn-Justin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509233.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 October 2019

Mean Field Theory For Ferromagnetic Systems

Mean Field Theory For Ferromagnetic Systems

Chapter:
(p.592) 24 MEAN FIELD THEORY FOR FERROMAGNETIC SYSTEMS
Source:
Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena
Author(s):

JEAN ZINN-JUSTIN

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509233.003.0024

This chapter presents a simple approximation scheme — the mean field approximation — which allows a study of the neighbourhood of the transition temperature. It distinguishes between first and second order phase transitions. In the latter case, the correlation length diverges at the critical (transition) temperature. This has important physical consequences: in the mean field approximation, the singular behaviour of thermodynamic quantities at the critical temperature, and more generally in the neighbourhood of the critical temperature and in small magnetic field, is universal, that is, does not depend on the details of the interactions, on the dimension of space and, in the high temperature phase at least, on the symmetry of the models.

Keywords:   mean field approxiation, transition temperature, phase transitions

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .