Noise-Induced Order in Extended Systems: A Tutorial

  • Jose M. Sancho
  • Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 557)


External fluctuations have a wide variety of constructive effects on the dynamical behavior of spatially extended systems, as described by stochastic partial differential equations. A set of paradigmatic situations exhibiting such effects are briefly reviewed in this paper, in an attempt to provide a concise but thorough introduction to this active field of research, and at the same time an overview of its current status. This work is dedicated to Lutz Schimansky-Geier on the occassion of his 50th anniversary. Through the years, Prof. Schimansky-Geier has made important contributions to the field of spatiotemporal stochastic dynamics, including seminal investigations in the early 1990's on noise effects in front propagation, and studies of noise-induced phase transitions and noise-sustained structures in excitable media, among others.


Noise Intensity Stochastic Resonance Excitable Medium Universality Class Multiplicative Noise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose M. Sancho
    • 1
  • Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo
    • 2
  1. 1.Departament d'Estructura i Constituents de la MateriaUniv. de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Departament de Fisica i Enginyeria NuclearUniv. Politecnica de CatalunyaTerrassaSpain

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