Phase Transitions in Finite Systems

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8340
Author(s):
Mainwood, Paul
preprint description
This paper examines the apparent paradox in the fact that all successful theoretical treatments of phase transitions require an infinite system, yet they are clearly seen to occur in finite systems in the real world. A simple resolution is offered, and the paper ends with a consideration of analogies that can be taken in interpretations of quantum theory.