Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1306.3843 (Jinglong Zhu et al.)

Is there a third order phase transition for supercritical fluids?    [PDF]

Jinglong Zhu, Pingwen Zhang, Han Wang, Luigi Delle Site
We prove that according to Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of liquid mixtures of Lennard-Jones (L-J) particles there is no third order phase transition in the supercritical regime beyond Andrew's critical point. This result is in open contrast with recent theoretical studies and experiments which instead suggest not only its existence but also its universality regarding the chemical nature of the fluid. We argue that our results are solid enough to go beyond the limitations of MD and the generic character of L-J models, thus suggesting a rather smooth liquid-vapor thermodynamic behavior of fluids in supercritical regime.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.3843

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