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Nato Science Series B:

Relaxation in Complex Systems and Related Topics

Editors: Campbell, I.A., Giovannella, Carlo (Eds.)

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The aim of the workshop was to bring together specialists in various fields where non-exponential relaxation is observed in order to compare models and experimental results and to examine the general physical principles governing this type of behaviour. Non-exponential relaxation is found in extremely diverse physical systems all of which can be classified as complex. The form of the relaxation is generally parametrized using logarithmic, algebraic or stretched exponential decay forms. The conceptually simplest mechanism for the non-exponential decay is a spectrum of relaxation rates due to non-interacting units each of which relaxes with a different intrinsic time constant. Clear experimental examples can be given where for instance the relaxation of a collection of isolated polymer molecules leads to an overall stretched exponential decay. Non-exponential relaxation is observed in all strongly interacting complex systems (structural glasses, spin glasses, etc ... ) where each elementary unit is in interaction with many other units.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relaxation in Complex Systems and Related Topics
Editors
  • I.A. Campbell
  • Carlo Giovannella
Series Title
Nato Science Series B:
Series Volume
222
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-2136-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-2136-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43600-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-2138-3
Series ISSN
0258-1221
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 338
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