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phase transition

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A change in a feature of a physical system, often involving the absorption or emission of energy from the system, resulting in a transition of that system to another state. The melting of ice is a phase transition of water from a solid phase to a liquid phase, requiring energy in the form of heat.
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Noun1.phase transition - a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
freeze, freezing - the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
liquefaction - the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
melt, melting, thaw, thawing - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"
evaporation, vaporisation, vaporization, vapour, vapor - the process of becoming a vapor
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Detailed studies of electronic phase transitions (for example the transition from an insulating state to a conducting state when applying an electric field) are often hampered by defects in the materials.
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One phase turns into another through the phase transitions i.
As the Universe cooled it underwent a series of phase transitions, analogous to water freezing into ice.
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