Special Issue "Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Liquids and Crystals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: liquid–solid transition; crystal nucleation; crystal roughening; confined liquids; liquids and crystals of softly-repulsive particles; superfluid–supersolid transition
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The thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids and crystals are a traditional subject of research in statistical mechanics. Especially liquid–solid transition has been the focus of much 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. The ideas and methods developed in these investigations have shaped the entire field of statistical physics: Even the now popular topic of topological phases and phase transitions, deviating from the usual framework of Landau theory, has its foundation in the study of two-dimensional melting. Meanwhile, complex liquids and exotic crystals (like, for instance, patchy particles, cluster crystals, and crystalline membranes) have found their way into the field, with further types of self-assembling structures beyond conventional crystals.
In spite of the enormous effort spent in characterizing the huge variety of condensed 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 crystal from another, requires going beyond a merely equilibrium description. Similarly, new guiding principles need to be explored aiming at a better control of self-assembly processes in complex liquids. This Special Issue aims to emphasize new research results in the application of statistical thermodynamics to liquids and crystals. Original manuscripts highlighting the various topics in this area, both traditional and novel, are welcome.
Prof. Santi Prestipino
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- Theory of the liquid structure
- Liquid–solid transition
- Translational and bond-angle correlations in dense liquids
- Anisotropic liquids and their ordered phases
- Supercooled liquids and crystal nucleation
- Crystal polymorphism in soft matter
- Self-assembly of complex liquids
- Liquid and crystalline membranes
- Quantum liquids and crystals