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Avalanches in Functional Materials and Geophysics

  • Ekhard K.H. Salje
  • Avadh Saxena
  • Antoni Planes


  • Presents a state-of-the-art coverage of avalanches in different physical systems

  • Offers a unified view of aspects in condensed matter, materials physics and geophysics

  • Written by renowned international experts with an in-depth knowledge of the field


Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. W. Klein, Harvey Gould, K. F. Tiampo, James B. Silva, Tyler Gu, Javad Kazemian et al.
    Pages 1-18
  3. Karin A. Dahmen
    Pages 19-30
  4. Eduard Vives, Jordi Baró, Antoni Planes
    Pages 31-58
  5. Viktor Soprunyuk, Sabine Puchberger, Wilfried Schranz, Andreas Tröster, Eduard Vives, Ekhard K. H. Salje
    Pages 59-76
  6. Francisco J. Perez-Reche
    Pages 99-136
  7. R. J. Harrison, Ekhard K. H. Salje
    Pages 157-165
  8. Eilon Faran, Doron Shilo
    Pages 167-198
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 293-298

About this book


This book provides the state-of-the art of the present understanding of avalanche phenomena in both functional materials and geophysics. The main emphasis of the book is analyzing these apparently different problems within the common perspective of out-of-equilibrium phenomena displaying spatial and temporal complexity that occur in a broad range of scales. Many systems, when subjected to an external force, respond intermittently in the form of avalanches that often span over a wide range of sizes, energies and durations. This is often related to a class of critical behavior characterized by the absence of characteristic scales. Typical examples are magnetization processes, plastic deformation and failure occuring in functional materials. These phenomena share many similarities with seismicity arising from the earth crust failure due to stresses that originate from plate tectonics.


Avalanches in Ferroelastics Avalanches in Fluid Imbibition Avalanches in Fracture Formation Characterization of Granular Materials Crackling Noise Man-field Aproach to Avalanches Modeling Avalanches in Materials Science Out-of-equilibrium Criticality Statistical Mechanics of Earthquakes Yield and Irreversibility in Amorphous Solids

Editors and affiliations

  • Ekhard K.H. Salje
    • 1
  • Avadh Saxena
    • 2
  • Antoni Planes
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of Cambridge CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Theoretical DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  3. 3.Estructura i Constitutents de la MatèriaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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