Aggregation Phenomena

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 258)


Growth processes lead to many beautiful and intriguing structures in nature. Here we wish to describe methods to characterize and model such processes. Only recently has one begun to investigate growth phenomena in a systematic fashion. Theoretical investigations are difficult as the processes are far from equilibrium and frequently the structures are disordered. Recent progress came from two sides: 1) Scaling and the notion of fractals provide efficient ways to describe aggregation structures in a quantitative way — analogous to the scaling approach to critical phenomena — and 2) Large scale simulations of basic irreversible processes determine the presumably universal properties which are measured in experiments.


Fractal Dimension Aggregation Process Critical Phenomenon Spinodal Decomposition Gradient Percolation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kolb
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie ThéoriqueEcole Normale SupérieureLyon Cedex 07France

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