Fluctuations, Instabilities, and Phase Transitions

  • Tormod Riste

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. James S. Langer
    Pages 19-42
  3. J. Vrijen, C. van Dijk
    Pages 43-52
  4. Walter I. Goldburg, John S. Huang
    Pages 87-106
  5. H. Mül ler-Krumbhaar
    Pages 107-116
  6. Jens Klæstrup Kristensen, R. M. J. Cotterill
    Pages 139-151
  7. J. A. Whitehead Jr.
    Pages 153-180
  8. J. P. Gollub, Michael H. Freilich
    Pages 195-203
  9. H. N. W. Lekkerkerker, Jean-Pierre Boon
    Pages 205-214
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 379-389

About this book


This book contains the papers presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Geilo, Norway, 11th - 20th April 1975. The institute was the third in a row devoted to phase transitions. The previous two dealt with 2nd- and 1st-order transitions in equilibrium systems and the proceedings have been published.i~ In order to make an overlap wi th those institutes, the first part of this institute was devoted to 1st -or der transitions with an emphasis on the problems of metast abi l i t y and instability en­ countered i n spinodal decomposition, nucleation etc. The main topic was, however, that of non-equilibrium systems, and the present institute was to our knowledge the first one devoted to the physics of such systems. The discovery of the analogy between phase transitions in equilibrium systems and instabilities in non-equilibrium systems was first made by Rolf Landauer in 1961 and later independently by others. The analogy was first pointed out for electronic devices (tunnel diodes, Gunn oscillators, lasers, etc. ) and the treatment of hydrodynamic instabilities followed later.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tormod Riste
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Atomic EnergyKjellerNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-8914-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-8912-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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