Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

TPSC seminar

Date and time: 19 July 2013 (Friday), 4:00 pm
Venue: Seminar Hall

Title: Mean field theory of criticality in complex plasmas

Speaker: Prof. Avinash Khare, FNA, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi

Abstract: A mean-field theory of criticality for charged particles in complex plasmas is proposed. It is shown that the existence of the critical point and the liquid-vapor coexistence is fully consistent with a purely repulsive potential between particles; the cohesive field due to the plasma background drives these. The critical exponents, calculated by expanding the free energy near the critical point, are found to be classical. The phase coexistence curve, obtained by minimizing Gibbs potential, is similar to that of other mean-field models, e.g., van der Waals fluids, ionic fluids, etc. These results lend support to the concept of 'universality' in widely different systems.