 9769 Benois O., Bodineau T., Butta' P., Presutti E.
 On the validity of van der Waals theory of surface tension
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Feb 12, 97

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Abstract. In this paper we prove a weak large deviation principle
for the empirical distribution of Ising spins in $d\ge 2$
dimensions when the interaction is determined by a
Kac potential and the temperature is
below the critical value. We prove that
the rate function is proportional to the area of the interface
by a factor which identifies the surface tension.
Its value is the same as that predicted by the van der Waals theory.
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