Frontiers of Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics

  • Gerald T. Moore
  • Marlan O. Scully

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 135)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Foundations

  3. The Interface Between Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics

  4. Fluctuations, Irreversibility, and Chaos

  5. Quantum Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Michael Martin Nieto
      Pages 287-307
    3. D. F. Walls
      Pages 309-328
    4. A. Dorsel, W. J. Firth, A. Guzman de Garcia, J. D. McCullen, F. Marquis, P. Meystre et al.
      Pages 361-374
    5. János Bergou, Marlan O. Scully
      Pages 375-383
  6. General

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 493-500

About this book


The four-week period fran May 20 to June 16, 1984 was an intensive period of advanced study on the foundations and frontiers of nonequili­ brium statistical physics (NSP). During the first two weeks of this period, an advanced-study course on the "Foundations of NSP" was con­ ducted in Albuquerque under the sponsorship of the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials. This was followed by a two-week NATO Advanced Study Insti tute on the "Frontiers of NSP" in Santa Fe under the same directorship. Many Students attended both meetings. This book comprises proceedings based on those lectures and covering a broad spectrum of topics in NSP ranging fran basic problems in quantum measurement theory to analogies between lasers and Darwinian evolution. The various types of quantum distribution functions and their uses are treated by several authors. other tools of NSP, such as Langevin equations, Fokker-Planck equations, and master equations, are developed and applied to areas such as laser physics, plasma physics, Brownian motion, and hydrodynamic instabilities. The properties and experimental detection of squeezed states and antibunching are described, as well as experimental tests of the violation of Bell's inequality. Information theory, mean-field theory, reservoir theory, entropy maximization, and even a novel nonlinear generalization of quantum mechanics are used to discuss nonequilibrium phenanena and the approach toward thermodynamic equilibrium.


Brownian motion Plasma distribution electrodynamics evolution kinematics mechanics nonlinear dynamics nonlinear optics photon plasma physics statistical mechanics statistical physics symmetry system

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald T. Moore
    • 1
  • Marlan O. Scully
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlburquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck Institute for Quantum OpticsGarchingFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.University of New MexicoAlburquerqueUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9284-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2181-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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