Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions

Volume I: Absorbing Phase Transitions

  • Malte Henkel
  • Haye Hinrichsen
  • Sven Lübeck

Part of the Theoretical and Mathematical Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

About this book


This book describes two main classes of non-equilibrium phase-transitions: (a) static and dynamics of transitions into an absorbing state, and (b) dynamical scaling in far-from-equilibrium relaxation behaviour and ageing.

The first volume begins with an introductory chapter which recalls the main concepts of phase-transitions, set for the convenience of the reader in an equilibrium context. The extension to non-equilibrium systems is made by using directed percolation as the main paradigm of absorbing phase transitions and in view of the richness of the known results an entire chapter is devoted to it, including a discussion of recent experimental results. Scaling theories and a large set of both numerical and analytical methods for the study of non-equilibrium phase transitions are thoroughly discussed.

The techniques used for directed percolation are then extended to other universality classes and many important results on model parameters are provided for easy reference.


Canopus Phase Transition Phase Transitions Variance directed percolation nonequilibrium phase transitions numerical simulation phase transitions into absorbing states phenomenological scaling theory renormalisation-group

Authors and affiliations

  • Malte Henkel
    • 1
  • Haye Hinrichsen
    • 2
  • Sven Lübeck
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux (LPM)Nancy Université CNRSNancyFrance
  2. 2.Fakultät für Physik und AstronomieUniversität WürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Theoretische PhysikUniversität Duisburg-EssenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8764-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8765-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
IT & Software