Special Issue "Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Liquids and Crystals II"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 4893
Interests: liquid–solid transition; crystal nucleation; surface roughening; confined liquids; liquids and crystals of softly repulsive particles; self-assembly of complex fluids; superfluids and supersolids
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The thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids and crystals are a traditional subject of research in statistical mechanics. Especially the liquid–solid transition has been the focus of a great deal of theoretical and computational work in recent decades, with countless variations since the discovery of an entropy-driven freezing transition in a fluid of hard spheres in the late 1950s. Meanwhile, complex fluids and non-conventional liquids and crystals (e.g., patchy particles, hexatic fluids, crystalline membranes, and supersolids) have found their way into the field, with further types of self-assembling structures beyond those of standard crystals.
In spite of the enormous effort spent in characterizing the huge variety of condensed-matter phases, many questions remain open. To name but a few, a comprehensive understanding of the onset and growth of the crystal from the supercooled liquid, and of one crystalline phase from another, requires going beyond a merely equilibrium description. Similarly, new guiding principles need to be identified with the aim of gaining a better control of self-assembly processes in complex fluids. Like part I, this second part of the Special Issue aims to emphasize new research results in the application of statistical physics to liquids and crystals. Original manuscripts highlighting the various topics in this area, both traditional and novel, are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Santi Prestipino
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- theory of liquid structure
- solid transition
- translational order and bond-angle order
- anisotropic liquids and their phases
- crystal nucleation
- water and ices
- crystal polymorphism in soft matter
- self-assembly of complex fluids
- liquid and crystalline membranes
- quantum liquids and crystals