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J Chem Phys. 2009 Jan 21;130(3):037101; discussion 037102. doi: 10.1063/1.3058794.

Comment on "Residual multiparticle entropy does not generally change sign near freezing" [J. Chem. Phys. 128, 161101 (2008)].

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Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita degli Studi di Messina, Contrada Papardo, 98166 Messina, Italy.


Does the vanishing of the residual multiparticle entropy, a quantity defined as the cumulative contribution of more-than-two-particle density correlations to the excess entropy of a fluid, have physical significance? We address this question in the light of the arguments presented in the paper that is being commented on and of the phenomenology thus far explored in a variety of model systems undergoing thermodynamic or structural transformations into more ordered (but not necessarily crystalline) states or regimes.


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