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Memory Function Approaches to Stochastic Problems in Condensed Matter, Volume 62

ISBN: 978-0-470-14331-5
556 pages
September 2009
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An international group of scholars presents a very important development in the theory of relaxation processes. For the first time, the basic equations of motion have been put into a form suitable for computation of a variety of observable phenomena in several different disciplines. This book begins with a description of the foundations of the memory function techniques, of the adiabatic elimination procedure and of the mathematics of continued fractions. It also covers depth relaxation phenomena in several areas of physics, chemistry, biology, electronic engineering, spectroscopy, computer simulation and astronomy.
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Table of Contents

Theoretical Foundations (P. Grigolini).

Basic Description of the Rules Leading to the Adiabatic Elimination of Fast Variables (P. Grigolini and F. Marchesoni).

Continued Fractions in the Theory of Relaxation (G. Grosso and G. Parravicini).

Memory Function Methods in Solid State Physics (G. Grosso and G. Parravicini).

Molecular Dynamics: Intense External Fields (M. Evans).

Non Linear Effects in Molecular Dynamics of the Liquid State (M. Ferrario and et al.).

Dynamical Properties of Hydrogen-Bonded Liquids (D. Bertolini, et al.).

Slow Motion EPR Spectra in Terms of a Generalized Langevin Equation (M. Giordano).

The Theory of Chemical Reaction Rates (T. Fonseca, et al.).

Experimental Investigation on the Effect of Multiplicative Noise by Means of Electric Circuits (S. Faetti).

Interdisciplinary Subjects (Population Genetics): The Time Properties of a Model of Random Fluctuating Selection (P. Grigolini, et al.).

Stochastic Processes in Astrophysics: Stellar Formation and Galactic Evolution (F. Ferrini).

Author and Subject Indexes.

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