Type: 
MS Defense
Date-Time: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00
Location: 
Weniger 379
Event Speaker: 
Dan Roth
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Abstract: 

Near the critical point of a liquid, there are density fluctuations at all length scales. In this regime, mean field theories break down. As the critical point is approached, there becomes less and less of a difference in free energy of the liquid and vapor states; this causes difficulty in modeling liquid-vapor coexistence. This work develops a method for calculating liquid-vapor coexistence, and applies renormalization group theory to the square well liquid.