Phase Transitions and Relaxation in Systems with Competing Energy Scales

  • Tormod Riste
  • David Sherrington

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 415)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. P. L. Gammel, D. J. Bishop
    Pages 55-69
  3. M. G. Karkut, L. K. Heill, M. Slaski, L. T. Sagdahl, K. Fossheim
    Pages 119-122
  4. Erwin Frey, David R. Nelson, Daniel S. Fisher
    Pages 123-127
  5. U. Buchenau
    Pages 233-257
  6. R. L. Willett
    Pages 367-399
  7. A. J. Bray
    Pages 405-436
  8. Kim Sneppen, Mogens H. Jensen
    Pages 437-443
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 445-452

About this book


Systems with competing energy scales are widespread and exhibit rich and subtle behaviour, although their systematic study is a relatively recent activity. This text presents lectures given at a NATO Advanced Study Institute reviewing the current knowledge and understanding of this fascinating subject, particularly with regard to phase transitions and dynamics, at an advanced tutorial level.
Both general and specific aspects are considered, with competitions having several origins; differences in intrinsic interactions, interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic effects, such as geometry and disorder; irreversibility and non-equilibration. Among the specific physical application areas are supercooled liquids and glasses, high-temperature superconductors, flux or vortex pinning and motion, charge density waves, domain growth and coarsening, and electron solidification.


Phase Transition Phase Transitions dynamics electron liquid

Editors and affiliations

  • Tormod Riste
    • 1
  • David Sherrington
    • 2
  1. 1.Institutt for energiteknikkKjellerNorway
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4843-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1908-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment