Analysis of the ordering transition of hard disks through the Mayer cluster expansion

E. Eisenberg, A. Baram

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Abstract

The available virial coefficients for the two-dimensional hard-disks model are transformed into a matrix representation of the thermodynamic potentials, which allows for an accurate description of the whole fluid phase, up to the phase transition. We find that the fluid phase terminates at the transition point, implying a second-order phase transition in accordance with the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young scenario of a transition into a hexatic phase. The density and pressure at the transition are calculated from the available first ten virial coefficients, and are found to be in excellent agreement with recent Monte-Carlo calculations. Finally, we calculate the equation of state in the critical region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025104
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

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