Nonlinear Phenomena at Phase Transitions and Instabilities

  • T. Riste

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 77)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. G. Meissner, N. Menyhárd, P. Szépfalusy
    Pages 69-73
  3. K. B. Lyons, T. J. Negran
    Pages 75-79
  4. R. Pynn, M. Steiner, W. Knop, K. Kakurai, J. K. Kjems
    Pages 97-103
  5. Markus Büttiker, Rolf Landauer
    Pages 111-143
  6. Enok Palm
    Pages 145-172
  7. Elisabeth Guazzelli
    Pages 173-180
  8. Vittorio Degiorgio
    Pages 181-203
  9. A. Libchaber, J. Maurer
    Pages 259-286
  10. Marzio Giglio, Sergio Musazzi, Umberto Perini
    Pages 287-293
  11. M. Gorman, Harry L. Swinney
    Pages 295-301
  12. A. Brandstäter, U. Gerdts, A. Lorenzen, G. Pfister
    Pages 303-307
  13. U. Dürig, J. H. Bilgram
    Pages 371-378
  14. Uzi Landman, C. L. Cleveland, C. S. Brown, R. N. Barnett
    Pages 379-389
  15. J. M. Kosterlitz
    Pages 397-424
  16. R. K. Kalia, P. Vashishta
    Pages 425-431
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 469-481

About this book


This NATO Advanced Study Institute, held in Geilo between March 29th and April 9th 1981, was the sixth in a series devoted to the subject of phase transitions and instabilities. The present institute was intended to provide a forum for discussion of the importance of nonlinear phenomena associated with instabilities in systems as seemingly disparate as ferroelectrics and rotating buckets of oil. Ten years ago, at the first Geilo school, the report of a central peak in the fluctuation spectrum of SrTi0 close to its 3 106 K structural phase transition demonstrated that the simple soft-mode theory of such transitions was incomplete. The missing ingredient was the essential nonlinearity of the system. Parti­ cipants at this year's Geilo school heard assessments of a decade of experimental and theoretical effort which has been expended to elucidate the nature of this nonlinearity. The importance of order­ ed clusters and the walls which bound them was stressed in this con­ text. A specific type of wall, the soliton, was discussed by a number of speakers. New experimental results which purport to demonstrate the existence of solitons in a one-dimensional ferromagnet were presented. A detailed discussion was given of the role of solitons in transport phenomena in driven multistable systems, typified by a sine-Gordon chain.


cluster crystal experiment neutron diffraction phase phase transition scattering soliton system transport

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Riste
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Energy TechnologyKjellerNorway

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4129-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4127-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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