Physics of Sliding Friction

  • B. N. J. Persson
  • E. Tosatti

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 311)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sliding Friction

    1. T. Baumberger
      Pages 1-26
    2. C. Caroli, P. Nozieres
      Pages 27-49
    3. A. D. Berman, W. A. Ducker, J. N. Israelachvili
      Pages 51-67
    4. B. N. J. Persson
      Pages 69-91
    5. A. Levent Demirel, Steve Granick
      Pages 93-102
    6. E. Granato, M. R. Baldan, S. C. Ying
      Pages 103-118
    7. Günter Reiter, A. Levent Demirel, John Peanasky, Lenore Cai, Steve Granick
      Pages 119-138
    8. T. Strunz, F. J. Elmer
      Pages 149-161
  3. Energy Transfer at Surfaces

  4. Sliding on Ice and Snow

    1. S. C. Colbeck
      Pages 275-291
    2. J. F. Nye
      Pages 293-298
  5. Atomic Force Microscopy: Friction and Adhesion

    1. U. Dürig, A. Stalder
      Pages 299-323
    2. E. Meyer, R. Lüthi, L. Howald, M. Bammerlin, M. Guggisberg, H.-J. Güntherodt et al.
      Pages 349-367
    3. T. Gyalog, H. Thomas
      Pages 403-413
    4. M. Binggeli, R. Christoph, H.-E. Hintermann, C. M. Mate
      Pages 415-431
  6. Self-Organized Criticality and Sliding Friction

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-460

About this book


The study of sliding friction is one of the oldest problems in physics, and certainly one of the most important from a practical point of view. Low-friction surfaces are in increasingly high demand for high-tech components such as computer storage systems, miniature motors, and aerospace devices. It has been estimated that about 5% of the gross national product in the developed countries is "wasted" on friction and the related wear. In spite of this, remarkable little is understood about the fundamental, microscopic processes responsible for friction and wear. The topic of interfacial sliding has experienced a major burst of in­ terest and activity since 1987, much of which has developed quite independently and spontaneously. This volume contains contributions from leading scientists on fundamental aspects of sliding friction. Some problems considered are: What is the origin of stick-and-slip motion? What is the origin of the rapid processes taking place within a lub­ at low sliding velocities? On a metallic surface, is the rication layer electronic or phononic friction the dominating energy dissipation pro­ cess? What is the role (if any) of self-organized criticality in sliding friction? How thick is the water layer during sliding on ice and snow? These and other questions raised in this book are of course only part­ ly answered: the topic of sliding friction is still in an early state of development.


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Editors and affiliations

  • B. N. J. Persson
    • 1
  • E. Tosatti
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für FestkörperforschungForschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale Fisica della Materia (INFM)International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), and International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)TriesteItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4674-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8705-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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