Applications of Statistical and Field Theory Methods to Condensed Matter

  • Dionys Baeriswyl
  • Alan R. Bishop
  • José Carmelo

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 218)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Quantum Coherence, Tunneling and Dissipation

  3. Conformal Invariance and Phase Transitions

  4. Solitons, Patterns, Incommensurate Structures

    1. E. C. Marino
      Pages 121-140
    2. Riccardo Giachetti, Valerio Tognetti, Ruggero Vaia
      Pages 141-150
    3. V. M. Castillo, R. D. Pochy, L. Lam
      Pages 151-152
    4. Christian J. Lantwin
      Pages 153-153
    5. Angel Sánchez, Luis Vázquez
      Pages 155-155
  5. Chaos

    1. Tomas Bohr
      Pages 157-185
  6. Disorder and Localization

    1. K. B. Efetov
      Pages 187-208
  7. Spin Glasses and Heavy Fermions

  8. Many-Body Techniques

    1. S. A. Trugman
      Pages 253-263
    2. Numerical Methods for Many Body Problems

      1. M. Dzierzawa, X. Zotos
        Pages 273-280
    3. M. Bartkowiak, P. Münger, K. A. Chao, R. Micnas
      Pages 281-281
    4. Gerardo Martinez, Mario E. Foglio
      Pages 283-283
  9. Superconductivity

  10. Charge- and Spin-Density Waves

  11. Back Matter
    Pages 401-405

About this book


There is no doubt that we have, during the last decade, moved into a "golden age" of condensed matter science. The sequence of discoveries of novel new states of matter and their rapid assimilation into experimental and theoretical research, as well as devices, has been remarkable. To name but a few: spin glasses; incommensurate, fractal, quasicrystal structures; synthetic metals; quantum well fabrication; fractional quantum Hall effect: solid state chaos; heavy fermions; and most spectacularly high-temperature superconductivity. This rapid evolution has been marked by the need to address the reality of materials in "extreme" conditions - - disordered, nonlinear systems in reduced dimensions, restricted geometries and at mesoscopic scales, often with striking competitions between several length and frequency scales, and between strong electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions. In such new territory it is not surprising that very interdisciplinary approaches are being explored and traditional boundaries between subjects and disciplines re-defined. In theory, this is evident, for instance, in attempts: (1) to advance the state of the art for elec­ tronic structure calculations so as to handle strongly interacting many-body systems and delicate competitions for collective ground states (spin models or many-electron Hamiltoni­ ans, field theory, band structure, quantum chemistry and numerical approaches); or (2) to understand pattern formation and complex (including chaotic) dynamics in extended sys­ tems. This demands close involvement with applied mathematics, numerical simulations and statistical mechanics techniques.


band structure chemistry condensed matter crystal crystal structure electron magnetism neutron diffraction phase transition quasicrystal scattering semiconductor superconductivity

Editors and affiliations

  • Dionys Baeriswyl
    • 1
  • Alan R. Bishop
    • 2
  • José Carmelo
    • 3
  1. 1.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  3. 3.University of ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-5765-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-5763-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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