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Communication: Analytic continuation of the virial series through the critical point using parametric approximants
By Barlow, Nathaniel S, Andrew J Schultz, Steven J Weinstein, and David A Kofke
Published in The Journal of Chemical Physics 143, 071103 (Saturday, August 1, 2015)


The mathematical structure imposed by the thermodynamic critical point motivates an approximant that synthesizes two theoretically sound equations of state: the parametric and the virial. The former is constructed to describe the critical region, incorporating all scaling laws; the latter is an expansion about zero density, developed from molecular considerations. The approximant is shown to yield an equation of state capable of accurately describing properties over a large portion of the thermodynamic parameter space, far greater than that covered by each treatment alone.
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