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Dynamics of Self-Organized and Self-Assembled Structures

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  • Date Published: March 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883610

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  • Physical and biological systems driven out of equilibrium may spontaneously evolve to form spatial structures. In some systems molecular constituents may self-assemble to produce complex ordered structures. This book describes how such pattern formation processes occur and how they can be modeled. Experimental observations are used to introduce the diverse systems and phenomena leading to pattern formation. The physical origins of various spatial structures are discussed, and models for their formation are constructed. In contrast to many treatments, pattern-forming processes in nonequilibrium systems are treated in a coherent fashion. The book shows how near-equilibrium and far-from-equilibrium modeling concepts are often combined to describe physical systems. This inter-disciplinary book can form the basis of graduate courses in pattern formation and self-assembly. It is a useful reference for graduate students and researchers in a number of disciplines, including condensed matter science, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, chemical biophysics, materials science, and engineering.

    • In contrast to many treatments, both equilibrium and far-from-equilibrium phenomena are discussed here, providing a useful summary for graduates
    • Theoretical models are illustrated by experimental results
    • Relevant to a broad range of disciplines from condensed matter science, and chemical biophysics to materials science, and engineering
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I recommend this book. It is a practical no-nonsense cookbook which should be on the bookshelves of graduate students in this area.' Martin Grant, Physics in Canada

    'The authors made a significant effort to describe the main principles of pattern formatio in a transparent manner … The book is generously illustrated and has a useful index … a useful reference for graduate students and researchers in many fields including nonlinear dynamics, engineering, biophysics [and] statistical mechanics …' Zentralblatt MATH

    'I enthusiastically recommend this book to graduate students and young researchers entering the exciting and truly interdisciplinary field of self-organization and self-assembly in complex systems. The book is very useful, provides an excellent source of reference material, and is clearly a valuable asset and excellent introduction not only for graduate students, but also for professors looking to build a course on pattern formation and self-assembly.' Igor Aranson, Argonne National Laboratory

    'This book is a practical collection of topics in pattern formation, worked through step by step. Each topic is given a brief, even breezy discussion; the 31 chapters whip by five or ten pages each. Overall, I recommend this book. It is a practical, no-nonsense cookbook which should be on the bookshelves of graduate students in this area.' Martin Grant, McGill University

    'While the book includes a broad range of topics it is easily readable even by non-specialists … I enthusiastically recommend this book to graduate students and young researchers … very useful … clearly a valuable asset …' Journal of Statistical Physics

    'The text is very well written and grips the attention of the reader. It is pitched at a level that will be understandable to graduate students, and much of it will be accessible to final year undergraduates. There are numerous figures and illustrations to illuminate the text, an extensive list of references, and a good index. In my opinion, it is an excellent book that can be recommended warmly both to libraries and for personal purchase by physicists and nonlinear dynamicists, especially hose working or teaching in the area of self-organisation.' Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883610
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Self-organized and self-assembled structures
    2. Order parameter, free energy and phase transitions
    3. Free energy functional
    4. Phase separation kinetics
    5. Langevin model for nonconserved order parameter systems
    6. Langevin model for conserved order parameter systems
    7. Interface dynamics at late times
    8. Domain growth and structure factor for model B
    9. Order parameter correlation function
    10. Vector order parameter and topological defects
    11. Liquid crystals
    12. Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner theory
    13. Systems with long-range repulsive interactions
    14. Kinetics of systems with competing interactions
    15. Competing interactions and defect dynamics
    16. Diffusively-rough interfaces
    17. Morphological instability in solid films
    18. Propagating chemical fronts
    19. Transverse front instabilities
    20. Cubic autocatalytic fronts
    21. Competing interactions and front repulsion
    22. Labyrinthine patterns in chemical systems
    23. Turing patterns
    24. Excitable media
    25. Oscillatory media and complex Ginzburg-Landau equation
    26. Spiral waves and defect turbulence
    27. Complex-oscillatory media
    28. Resonantly-forced oscillatory media
    29. Nonequilibrium patterns in laser-induced melting
    30. Reaction dynamics and phase segregation
    31. Active materials
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Rashmi C. Desai, University of Toronto
    Rashmi C. Desai is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Toronto.

    Raymond Kapral, University of Toronto
    Raymond Kapral is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

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