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We present here the lectures and a selection of the seminars given at the Ninth International Workshop on Instabilities and Nonequilibrium Structures which took place in Vifiadel Mar, Chile, in December 2001. The Workshop was organized by Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas, Universidad de Chile, Instituto de Fisica of Universidad Cat6lica de Valparaiso, Centro de Fisica No Lineal y Sistemas Complejos de Santiago and Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de los Andes, which starting from this year joins the other institutions in the coorganization ofthe Workshop. The organizers would like to express their gratitude to the following sponsors: Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas de la Universidad de Chile, Instituto de Fisica de la Universidad Cat6lica de Valparaiso, Facultad de Ingenieria de la Universidad de los Andes, Centro de Fisica No Lineal y Sistemas Complejos de Santiago, Academia Chilena de Ciencias, Ministere Francais des Affaires Etrangeres, CONICYT (Comisi6n Nacional de Investigaci6n Cientifica y Tecno16gicade Chile) and Departamento Tecnico de Investigaci6n y de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Chile. Enrique Tirapegui PREFACE This book consists of two parts, the first one has three lectures written by Professors H. R. Brand, M. Moreau and L. S. Tuckerman. H. R. Brand gives an overview about reorientation and undulation instabilities in liquid crystals, M. Moreau presents recent results on biased tracer diffusion in lattice gases, finally, L. S. Tuckerman summarizes some numerical methods used in bifurcation problems.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »bifurcation - crystal - diffusion - dynamical systems - granular matter - polymer - scattering - semiconductor - system
I. Courses.- Reorientation and Undulation Instabilities in Liquid Crystals and Liquid Crystalline Elastomers..- Biased Tracer Diffusion in Hard-Core Lattice Gases: Some Notes on the Validity of the Einstein Relation..- Numerical Methods for Bifurcation Problems..- II. Articles.- Falkner-Skan approximation for gradually variable flows..- Critical dynamics in reversible forced pendulum chains..- Time Asymmetry as Universe Asymmetry..- Front Dynamics in a Liquid Crystal Light Valve with Feedback..- Bifurcation due rotation in radiation driven wind from hot stars..- An analytical approach to nucleation solutions and pulses in the one-dimensional real and complex Ginzburg-Landau equations..- Optimization of Brownian transport in a system of globally coupled phase oscillators by means of colored noise..- Resonant behavior of the wake of a flat plate: Hot wire and sound scattering measurements..- Global Magnitude Fluctuation Phenomena..- Propagation of acoustic waves in clastic materials with randomly distributed dislocations..- Convection in Polymeric Solutions..- Noise-induced Resonance in Semiconductor Lasers with Optical Feedback..- On the Effect of Time Correlated Noise and Periodic Forcing on a Neuronal System..- Non-Riemannian Geometry of a Continuous-Spin Infinite Particle Systems and their Non-Interaction Representation..- Eigenvalue solution for the self similar Birkhoff-Rott equation..- A measure of self-organization in neural activity..- Thermodynamic Field Theory (An Approach to Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes)..- van der Waals-like transition in fluidized granular matter: hydrodynamic description..- Binary fluid convection as a 2 × 2 matrix problem..- Singularity formation in vortex sheets and interfaces..- On the Dynamics of Nanostructures Formation during Thin Film Growth..- Author Index.