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Document type:
Zeitschriftenaufsatz 
Author(s):
Pfleiderer, C. 
Title:
Why First Order Quantum Phase Transitions Are Interesting 
Abstract:
It is frequently argued that only second order phase transitions at T = 0 deserve to be called quantum phase transitions, while first order quantum phase transitions are a contradiction in terms. However, quantum phase transitions differ from classical phase transitions in two fundamental ways. First, the free energy landscape need not be that of a classical second order phase transition for quantum fluctuations to drive the transition. Second, at T = 0 a rich variety of quantum correlation effe...    »
 
Journal title:
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 
Year:
2005 
Journal volume:
17 
Journal issue:
11 
Pages contribution:
S987 
Language:
en 
Print-ISSN:
0953-8984