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4) (p. 18 ) where the relation N b = zN/2 has been used. For example, the square lattice (z = 4) has N b = 2N (assuming periodic boundary conditions). 4) being only in the additive constant. The physical picture of Fig. 1 is realized in the replacement of S by m. 4) the effects of interactions of spin S i with the neighboring spins are expressed in the same form as those of an external field of strength Jmz. We thus call such a term an effective field or a molecular field. Correspondingly the mean‐field approximation is also called the molecular‐ field theory.

26) can be regarded as a mean‐field theory, where P = −∂ F/∂ V is pressure, V volume, N number of atoms, a # 0 is a measure of the attraction between atoms, and b # 0 the excluded volume due to the finite atomic size. Define the volume per atom v = V/N, then determine the critical values v c, P c, T c, and the ratio P c v c/T c. Calculate the critical exponents δ and γ of the van der Waals fluid, and compare them with those determined in the mean‐field theory of a ferromagnet. 7 Strictly speaking, the Landau free‐energy expansion is valid under the assumption that the order parameter m vanishes as T → T c.

6) determines m as a function of the external parameters h and β and is also called the (mean‐field) equation of state. It is not possible to explicitly (p. 6) for m, but we may develop the following argument for the behavior of the solution by using a graphical representation of the left‐ and right‐hand sides. Let us assume h = 0 for simplicity. As shown in Fig. 3(a), the slope of the right‐ hand side tanh(βJmz) at the origin is larger than 1 when βJz # 1 and the equation of state has non‐vanishing solutions.