Nato Science Series B:

Large-Scale Molecular Systems

Quantum and Stochastic Aspects—Beyond the Simple Molecular Picture

Editors: Gans, Werner, Blumen, Alexander, Amann, Anton (Eds.)

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This NATO Advanced Study Institute centered on large-scale molecular systems: Quantum mechanics, although providing a general framework for the description of matter, is not easily applicable to many concrete systems of interest; classical statistical methods, on the other hand, allow only a partial picture of the behaviour of large systems. The aim of the ASI was to present both aspects of the subject matter and to foster interaction between the scientists working in these important areas of theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry. The quantum-mechanical part was mostly based on the operator-algebraic formulation of quantum mechanics and comprised quantum statistics of infinite systems with special em­ phasis on macroscopic observables, equilibrium conditions, irreversibility on the one hand, symmetry breaking for molecules in the radiation field and macroscopic quantum phenomena in the theory of superconductivity (BCS-theory) on the other hand. In addition, phase-space methods for many-body systems were also presented. Statistical physics was the main topic in the other lectures of the School; much emphasis was put on the statistical features of macros­ copic ("large") systems, the lectures dealt with mass and energy transport im polymers, in gels and in microemulsions, with aggregation and growth phenomena, with relaxation in complex, correlated systems, with conduction and optical properties of polymers, and with the means of describing disordered systems, above all fractals and related hierarchical models.

Table of contents (47 chapters)

  • Molecules Coupled to their Environment

    Amann, Anton

    Pages 3-22

  • Theories of Molecular Chirality: A Short Review

    Amann, Anton

    Pages 23-32

  • Condensed Cooper Pairs and Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena

    Rieckers, Alfred

    Pages 33-76

  • Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics: Dynamics of Macroscopic Observables

    Sewell, Geoffrey L.

    Pages 77-122

  • Quantum Brownian Motion

    Pechukas, Philip

    Pages 123-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Large-Scale Molecular Systems
Book Subtitle
Quantum and Stochastic Aspects—Beyond the Simple Molecular Picture
Editors
  • Werner Gans
  • Alexander Blumen
  • Anton Amann
Series Title
Nato Science Series B:
Series Volume
258
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-5940-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-5940-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43914-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-5942-5
Series ISSN
0258-1221
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
614
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