Surface tension and phase coexistence for general lattice systems

Jean Bricmont, Koji Kuroda, Joel L. Lebowitz

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We investigate the surface tension between coexisting phases of general discrete lattice systems. In particular the different phases need not be connected by any symmetry. We prove the positivity of the surface tension in the low-temperature regime where the Pirogov-Sinai theory of first-order phase transitions is valid: finite-range Hamiltonian having a finite number of periodic ground states. We give a brief description (with some extensions) of this theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-75
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


  • Gibbs measure
  • Surface tension
  • alloys
  • low temperature phase diagrams


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