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Phase Transitions in Materials


  • Author: Brent Fultz, California Institute of Technology
  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107067240

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  • Offering a fresh viewpoint on phase changes and the thermodynamics of materials, this textbook covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of the most important phase transitions in materials science, spanning classical metallurgy through to nanoscience and quantum phase transitions. Clear, concise and complete explanations rigorously address transitions from the atomic scale up, providing the quantitative concepts, analytical tools and methods needed to understand modern research in materials science. Topics are grouped according to complexity, ensuring that students have a solid grounding in core topics before they begin to tackle more advanced material, and are accompanied by numerous end-of-chapter problems. With explanations firmly rooted in the context of modern advances in electronic structure and statistical mechanics, and developed from classroom teaching, this book is the ideal companion for graduate students and researchers in materials science, condensed matter physics, solid state science and physical chemistry.

    • Core concepts are introduced linearly in Parts I and II, with numerous interchangeable advanced topics then introduced in Parts III and IV, providing instructors with flexibility without sacrificing coverage of key topics
    • Covers all classical phase transformations in materials, plus additional material from physics and nanoscience, introducing students to additional electronic, magnetic and quantum phenomena
    • Includes a rigorous treatment of thermodynamics and kinetics, providing materials scientists with improved analytical tools
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is clear and well written. It covers most of the topics in phase transitions, and explains thermal dynamics and kinetics in materials science and condensed-matter physics. Readers will be exposed to many topics ranging from classical metallurgy to quantum phase transitions.' Wanfeng Li, MRS Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107067240
    • length: 583 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 192 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 446 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations:
    1. Introduction
    2. Essentials of T-c phase diagrams
    3. Diffusion
    4. Nucleation
    5. Effects of diffusion and nucleation on phase transformations
    Part II. The Atomic Origins of Thermodynamics and Kinetics:
    6. Energy
    7. Entropy
    8. Pressure
    9. Atom movements with the vacancy mechanism
    Part III. Types of Phase Transformations:
    10. Melting
    11. Transformations involving precipitates and interfaces
    12. Spinodal decomposition
    13. Phase field theory
    14. Method of concentration waves and chemical ordering
    15. Diffusionless transformations
    16. Thermodynamics of nanomaterials
    17. Magnetic and electronic phase transitions
    18. Phase transitions in quantum materials
    Part IV. Advanced Topics
    19. Low temperature analysis of phase boundaries
    20. Cooperative behavior near a critical temperature
    21. Elastic energy of solid precipitates
    22. Statistical kinetics of ordering transformations
    23. Diffusion, dissipation, and inelastic scattering
    24. Vibrational thermodynamics of materials at high temperatures.

  • Author

    Brent Fultz, California Institute of Technology
    Brent Fultz is the Barbara and Stanley R. Rawn, Jr, Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He has been awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award (2010), and has led large projects such as the state-of-the-art neutron scattering instrument, ARCS, and data analysis for neutron scattering experiments, DANSE.

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