Athermal character of structural phase transitions

Francisco J. Perez-Reche, Eduard Vives, Lluis Manosa, Antoni Planes

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The significance of thermal fluctuations in nucleation in structural first-order phase transitions has been examined. The prototypical case of martensitic transitions has been experimentally investigated by means of acoustic emission techniques. We propose a model based on the mean first-passage time to account for the experimental observations. Our study provides a unified framework to establish the conditions for isothermal and athermal transitions to be observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number195701
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2001


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