Europhys. Lett.
Volume 71, Number 6, September 2005
Page(s) 900 - 905
Section General
Published online 10 August 2005
Europhys. Lett., 71 (6), pp. 900-905 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10166-3

A first-order phase transition and a super-cooled fluid in a two-dimensional lattice gas model

E. Eisenberg1 and A. Baram2

1  School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
2  Soreq NRC - Yavne 81800, Israel

received 8 April 2005; accepted in final form 8 July 2005
published online 10 August 2005

Studying the series expansion of the thermodynamic potential for the hard-core $\chem{N_3}$ lattice gas model, we provide evidence for a first-order phase transition with a finite jump in density and entropy, in agreement with numerical transfer matrix calculations. The solid branch terminates at the critical activity zc, but the fluid branch continues beyond zc, describing a super-cooled fluid. It terminates with $\rho/\rho_{cp}\sim 0.85$ and finite entropy per lattice site. This termination density is close to the random-closest-packing density of the glassy state obtained for infinitely fast cooling.

05.70.Fh - Phase transitions: general studies.
64.60.Cn - Order-disorder transformations; statistical mechanics of model systems.
64.70.Pf - Glass transitions.

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