phase transformation

  • Imagine you are sipping tea or coffee while discussing various issues with a broad and diverse network of students, colleagues, and friends brought together by the common bond of physics, graduate school, and the physics GRE.

Posts: 15
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:58 am

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.

Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:29 am

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.

Return to “Physics Lounge”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 1 guest