© 1995

Nonlinear Excitations in Biomolecules

Les Houches School, May 30 to June 4, 1994

  • Editors
  • M. Peyrard
Conference proceedings

Part of the Centre de Physique des Houches book series (LHWINTER, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. The intersection of nonlinear science, molecular biology, and condensed matter physics. Viewpoints

  3. Introduction to solitons and their applications in physics and biology

  4. DNA, structure and function

  5. Proteins, conformation and dynamics

About these proceedings


In the last few years, hopes have emerged that simple concepts could perhaps explain the extremely complicated biomolecular processes which are known to a greater and greater accuracy thanks to the extraordinary progress of biology. In parallel, powerful methods in physics, especially nonlinearity and cooperative effects, have been developed. They apply especially to biological phenomena and can explain coherent excitations with remarkable properties. This book provides a pedagogical introduction to the theory of nonlinear excitations and solitons in a biological environment, and also to the structure and function of biomolecules as well as energy and charge transport in biophysics.


DNA Peptide base biophysics biopolymers cluster low temperature mechanics molecule nonlinear dynamics proteins scattering spectra temperature translation

Bibliographic information