© 2002

Complexity from Microscopic to Macroscopic Scales: Coherence and Large Deviations

  • A. T. Skjeltorp
  • T. Vicsek

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Guido Burkard, Hans-Andreas Engel, Daniel Loss
    Pages 83-104
  3. C. Gould, G. Schmidt, G. Richter, R. Fiederling, P. Grabs, L. W. Molenkamp
    Pages 105-114
  4. Marcelo O. Magnasco
    Pages 115-129
  5. Cristopher Moore
    Pages 131-135
  6. T. Vicsek
    Pages 171-180
  7. Joseph L. McCauley
    Pages 181-214
  8. Kevin E. Bassler, Maya Paczuski
    Pages 215-227
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 229-230

About this book


Many mesoscopic systems display `adaptive' behaviour - changes in some physical property that results from a small change in an internal or external driving force. There is a kind of progression in adaptive phenomena, from quantum mesoscopics to complex, evolved cooperative systems and large scale events like turbulence. The field of mesoscopic magnetism, especially quantum coherence and quantum tunnelling in spin systems, and the coupling between mesoscopic magnetism and mesoscopic transport is currently a very active area of solid state physics. `Dephasing' is an important concept in mesoscopic systems like these. A basic question is the limit at which quantum mechanics breaks down and what it can be replaced with. Another interesting crossover is that between complexity and large excursions or events, with turbulence as a prototype example. The book also contains a discussion of finance. Qualitatively speaking, turbulence and financial markets are apparently similar, so our understanding of turbulence may be relevant to understanding price fluctuations.


Quantum tunnelling dynamics magnetism mechanics quantum mechanics solid state physics spintronics turbulence

Editors and affiliations

  • A. T. Skjeltorp
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. Vicsek
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Energy TechnologyKjellerNorway
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of Biological PhysicsEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

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