Statistical Mechanics of Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions: the Yang-lee Formalism

Showing that the location of the zeros of the partition function can be used to study phase transitions, Yang and Lee initiated an ambitious and very fruitful approach. We give an overview of the results obtained using this approach. After an elementary introduction to the Yang-Lee formalism, we summarize results concerning equilibrium phase transitions. We… (More)

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