Thermal hysteresis scaling for first-order phase transitions

Guangping Zheng, J. X. Zhang

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We study the effects of time-dependent thermal cycling on the first-order phase transition in cubic Ising systems with four-spin interactions by means of Monte Carlo simulations. The thermal hysteresis or the energy dissipation Q of a thermal cycle can be scaled with respect to the linear heating or cooling rate R: Q - Q0∝ Rb. We find the exponent b is independent of the interaction strength, b = 0.47 ± 0.05 in an SC lattice while in an FCC lattice and a compressible Ising lattice b = 0.71 ± 0.07, 0.70 ± 0.05 respectively. These simulation results are also compared with the kinetic Ising model and N-vector model in Langevin dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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