Intended for graduate students in physics and chemistry, this book touches on granular matter, protein folding, phase separating and evolution kinetics. Taking glasses as a central theme, it presents the problem of slow dynamics from several angles, a ubiquitous feature in condensed matter, mechanics and biological physics. Some of the best established workers in the field present different theoretical and experimental approaches to the subject.
From the Contents: Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions.- Mechanical Aging and Non-Linear Rheology of Concentrated Colloidal Suspensions: Experimental Facts and Simple Models.- Structural Relaxation and Rheology of Soft Condensed Matter.- Granular Matter: Some Ideas from Statistical Physics.- Supercooled Liquids, the Glass Transition, and Computer Simulations.- Glasses, Replicas and all that.- Dynamics of Glassy Systems.- Equilibrium States and Dynamics of Equilibration: General Issues and Open Questions.- Experimental Analysis of Aging.- Fluctuation Dissipation Relation in a Non-Stationary System: Experimental Investigation in a Spin Glass.- Non-Equilibrium Dynamics and Aging in the Electron Glass.- Proteins: Structural, Thermodynamic and Kinetic Aspects.- Self-Organized Criticality in Granular Superconductors.- Hiking Through Glassy Phases: Physics Beyond Aging. Kinetically Constrained Models and Driven Systems with Slow Dynamics.- Dynamic Transitions in Thermal and Athermal Systems.
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