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Crossover X Phase Transitions

  1. Jun 2, 2009 #1
    Hi,

    Could anyone point me to a reference (textbook, review article...) with a clear explanation of the physics of crossovers? My main interest is to understand it in a microscopical level or in terms of a phenomenological effective potential a la second order phase transitions. I'd like to understand under what conditions a theory moves from a phase transition to a crossover.
    Sorry for such a basic question, but I've always had a very poor knowledge of thermodynamics.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Aug 23, 2009 #2
    I think Schwabl - Statistical mechanics has a good chapter about phase transitions :)
     
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