phase transformation

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phase transformation

Postby rolandgill » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:37 am

can someone explain to me how to distinguish (experimentally or theoretically) between 1st or 2nd (3rd?) order phase transformation in crystal structures.
Thank you in advance.

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Re: phase transformation

Postby gloriacollins » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:03 am

A first order phase transition involves a release (or intake) of latent heat. A second order transition does not. There are no third or high order transitions.

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