The complement: A solution to liquid drop finite size effects in phase transitions

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The effects of the finite size of a liquid drop undergoing a phase transition are described in terms of the complement, the largest (but mesoscopic) drop representing the liquid in equilibrium with the vapor. Vapor cluster concentrations, pressure, and density from fixed mean density lattice gas (Ising) calculations are explained in terms of the complement generalization of Fisher's model. Accounting for this finite size effect is important for extracting the infinite nuclear matter phase diagram from experimental data.


  • L G Moretto
  • K A Bugaev
  • J B Elliott
  • Roberta Ghetti
  • J Helgesson
  • L Phair
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  • Subatomic Physics
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch