phase transition

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to phase transition: phase transition temperature

phase transition,

n the response of a system to a disturbance resulting in novel, emergent properties of order and organization.
References in periodicals archive ?
Z(5): Critical Point Symmetry for the Prolate to Oblate Nuclear Shape Phase Transition.
The ability to predict based on the fact that, provided that the date of an ethnic group appearance is known, it is possible to determine which phase or phase transition (at unstable state within a phase) it experiences.
This C-T behavior in the composite films with +2V bias indicated some inconsistent with paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition just above 152[degrees]C during heating modes (36-39).
Second, the palaeoclimate archive reveals a pattern of abrupt climate change, whereas human experience and scientific analysis of modern climate suggests we may have entered a very uncertain phase transition coupling industrial humanity with climate change and collapse of ecological systems worldwide.
Phase transitions are familiar to school counselors because some of them are established by school systems such as the movement from elementary to middle school or from high school to work or further education.
Earlier vegetative phase transition has been associated with resistance to common rust (caused by Puccinia sorghi Schw.
Thus eventually a phase transition will take the system to the new global minimum, the so-called `true vacuum', where the energy acquires the lowest possible value.
He also noted that the same basic pathology of phase transition may also underlie other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimers disease, and he is aiding researchers in applying the same research approach as in ALS/FTD to Alzheimers.
In the previous paper [3], we used the flexible and powerful geometric collective model (GCM) [3,15-18] to describe the quantum phase transition between spherical and deformed shapes for doubly even nuclei in lanthanide and actinide isotopes chains.
Key words: Hybrid gels, cross linking density, dynamic laser light scattering, volume phase transition temperature.
Jens Frederik Colding Krog, from the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP3), said: "Many theories and calculations predict such a phase transition - but there have been some uncertainties in the previous calculations.