Des Johnston
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Scotland

Email: D.A.Johnston -at- hw.ac.uk
Office: CMS.04
Phone: +44 (0)131 4513255
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History: Maths department history

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(Fairly) Current Research Interests: First order phase transitions
    To some extent first-order phase transitions, that is transitions where there are discontinuities (latent heat and jumps in density or volume) have been the poor cousins of continuous transitions (where there are no such jumps) when it comes to numerical investigations, in spite of their prevalence in nature. There are various reasons for this - they are harder to simulate, for instance, and there appear to be fewer distinct quantities to measure for the first order transitions compared with continuous transitions.

    Recent research work along with Marco Mueller and Wolfhard Janke of Leipzig University has concentrated on several aspects of such first order transitions, in particular non-standard scaling behaviour at first order transitions when the low temperature phases are highly degenerate. As luck would have it, an old favorite - the Gonihedric Ising model - provides an example of this.

    Collaborations with colleagues at Coventry University and a visitor from Sri Lanka, R.P.K.C.M. Ranasinghe, have also investigated the phase transitions of Potts models with so-called invisible states, which display unexpected first order transitions, clarifying why they occur.
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Heriot-Watt courses:
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  • March/April 2017: Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing


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