Multiple phase coexistence and the scaling transformation

D. W. Wood*, A. H. Osbaldestin

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It is shown that a simple extension of the finite size scaling method in the theory of critical phenomena can yield a sequence of approximants to any point subset of the interaction parameter space where multiple phase coexistence is possible. The method is illustrated by an application to the three-, four- and five-state Potts models, and even in its lowest order of approximation is able to distinguish the difference in the zero-field critical behaviour between the five-state and the three- and four-state models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Pages (from-to)1019-1033
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1983


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