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Phase transitions

When Ising met Kibble–Zurek

When a system is driven across a second-order phase transition, defects can form because it cannot respond quickly enough to the new conditions. The Kibble–Zurek mechanism explains this physics, and has now been invoked for Ising-type domains.

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Fig. 1: Kibble–Zurek roadmap in condensed matter.


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Kézsmárki, I., Cano, A. When Ising met Kibble–Zurek. Nat. Phys. 19, 1392–1393 (2023).

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