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Title: Exact theory of intermediate phases in two dimensions

We show how field theory yields the exact description of intermediate phases in the scaling limit of two-dimensional statistical systems at a first order phase transition point. The ability of a third phase to form an intermediate wetting layer or only isolated bubbles is explicitly related to the spectrum of excitations of the field theory. The order parameter profiles are determined and interface properties such as passage probabilities and internal structure are deduced from them. The theory is illustrated through the application to the q-state Potts model and the Ashkin–Teller model. The latter is shown to provide the first exact solution of a bulk wetting transition. -- Highlights: •Phase separation with appearance of a third phase is studied exactly. •Interfacial properties are derived from field theory. •Exact solution of bulk wetting transition is provided.
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OSTI Identifier:
22224304
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Annals of Physics (New York); Journal Volume: 342; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; BUBBLES; EXACT SOLUTIONS; EXCITATION; FIELD THEORIES; INTERFACES; LAYERS; ORDER PARAMETERS; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; PROBABILITY