Solid-liquid phase transitions

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In a fluid, solid-liquid phase transitions are thought of as being governed mainly by entropy. This is supported by the existence of a Fluid-solid_transition in the hard-sphere model, and the transition being not being chiefly dependent on the density, not so much on the temperature.

See also


  1. Katherine J. Strandburg "Two-dimensional melting", Reviews of Modern Physics 60 pp. 161-207 (1988)