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This quantity collects jointly the lectures and papers offered on the joint Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory - Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique assembly, held at Cadarache fortress, in Provence (France), April 22-26, 1985. approximately 100 members got here from either laboratories and from different linked French businesses.

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We now generalize the Landau theory by taking into account these fluctuations. In order to do this, the first step is to use the quasi-hydrodynamical approach, and replace the discrete lattice by a continuum, so that the free energy G and the order parameter, M in the case of ferromagnetism, become functions of the continuous coordinate r, G = G(r) and M = M (r). 8) has to be replaced by a local one for G(r), while the global free energy and magnetic moment are obtained by integration over the whole d-dimensional system.

We identify the non-degenerate states with “ordered” configurations and the degenerate states with “disordered” ones. 10) coincides with that of Svrakic [8], it clearly results in the exact Onsager solution for the critical temperature. 10) can be applied to three-dimensional lattices as well. We now examine Fig. 3 in detail. Here, groups a–f belong to the non-degenerate category, because a flip of the spin of any site will change the energy of the cell, and no quasi-degenerate states are observed in these configurations.

However, at a fixed point this similarity applies for blocks of arbitrary size. Therefore, we identify the fixed point with the critical point of a phase transition, since only there is the correlation length infinite. The existence of such a fixed point shows that a phase transition takes place. If a value K of K is close to the fixed point K ∗ , we can rewrite Eq. 4) for T = J/kK in the form T − T∗ ∼ df dK K=K ∗ (T − T ∗ ). 5) On comparing Eq. 5) with the main scaling relation τ = Lx τ , where τ = |T − Tc | /Tc , one finds that x = ln df dK / ln(L).

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