Relaxation in Complex Systems and Related Topics

  • Ian A. Campbell
  • Carlo Giovannella

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 222)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Relaxation and Dynamics in Magnetic Systems

  3. Relaxation and Dynamics in Superconductors

  4. Relaxation and Dynamics in Molecular and Biological Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Vittorio Degiorgio, Tommaso Bellini, Roberto Piazza
      Pages 155-163
    3. P. N. Pusey, W. van Megen
      Pages 165-174
    4. J. Dupuy, J. F. Jal, P. Carmona, A. Aouizerat-Elarby, P. Chieux
      Pages 175-183
    5. R. D. Young
      Pages 185-188
    6. John W. Clark
      Pages 205-214
    7. A. Perrone, M. Giona, G. Basti
      Pages 215-219
  5. Relaxation and Dynamics in Other Complex Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. M. Delsanti, J. P. Munch, M. Adam, D. Durand
      Pages 223-230
    3. Jean Souletie
      Pages 231-234
    4. H. M. Jaeger, Liu Chu-heng, Sidney R. Nagel, T. A. Witten
      Pages 235-244
    5. K. Biljaković, J.-C. Lasjaunias, P. Monceau
      Pages 245-249
    6. G. Cannelli, R. Cantelli, F. Cordero
      Pages 261-269
    7. S. Ciliberto, M. Caponeri
      Pages 271-283
    8. S. L. Hutton, U. T. Höchli, M. Maglione
      Pages 289-291
  6. General Theoretical Aspects of Relaxation in Complex Systems

About this book


The aim of the workshop was to bring together specialists in various fields where non-exponential relaxation is observed in order to compare models and experimental results and to examine the general physical principles governing this type of behaviour. Non-exponential relaxation is found in extremely diverse physical systems all of which can be classified as complex. The form of the relaxation is generally parametrized using logarithmic, algebraic or stretched exponential decay forms. The conceptually simplest mechanism for the non-exponential decay is a spectrum of relaxation rates due to non-interacting units each of which relaxes with a different intrinsic time constant. Clear experimental examples can be given where for instance the relaxation of a collection of isolated polymer molecules leads to an overall stretched exponential decay. Non-exponential relaxation is observed in all strongly interacting complex systems (structural glasses, spin glasses, etc ... ) where each elementary unit is in interaction with many other units.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ian A. Campbell
    • 1
  • Carlo Giovannella
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Università di Roma-Tor VergataRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2138-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2136-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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