Critical Dynamics

Critical Dynamics : A Field Theory Approach to Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Scaling Behavior

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Introducing a unified framework for describing and understanding complex interacting systems common in physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and the social sciences, this comprehensive overview of dynamic critical phenomena covers the description of systems at thermal equilibrium, quantum systems, and non-equilibrium systems. Powerful mathematical techniques for dealing with complex dynamic systems are carefully introduced, including field-theoretic tools and the perturbative dynamical renormalization group approach, rapidly building up a mathematical toolbox of relevant skills. Heuristic and qualitative arguments outlining the essential theory behind each type of system are introduced at the start of each chapter, alongside real-world numerical and experimental data, firmly linking new mathematical techniques to their practical applications. Each chapter is supported by carefully tailored problems for solution, and comprehensive suggestions for further reading, making this an excellent introduction to critical dynamics for graduate students and researchers across many disciplines within physical and life sciences.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 115 b/w illus. 2 tables 79 exercises
  • 1139698486
  • 9781139698481

Table of contents

Part I. Near-Equilibrium Critical Dynamics: 1. Equilibrium critical phenomena; 2. Stochastic dynamics; 3. Dynamic scaling; 4. Dynamic perturbation theory; 5. Dynamic renormalization group; 6. Hydrodynamic modes and reversible mode couplings; 7. Phase transitions in quantum systems; Part II. Scale Invariance in Non-Equilibrium Systems; 8. Non-equilibrium critical dynamics; 9. Reaction-diffusion systems; 10. Active to absorbing state transitions; 11. Driven diffusive systems and growing interfaces; Index.show more

About Uwe C. Tauber

Uwe C. Tauber is a Professor in the Department of Physics at Virginia Tech, where his research focuses on the characterization of phase transitions and generic scale invariance in non-equilibrium systems.show more

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