Dynamics of Curved Fronts

Dynamics of Curved Fronts

1st Edition - November 28, 1988

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  • Editors: Pierre Pelce, A. Libchaber
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925233

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In recent years, much progress has been made in the understanding of interface dynamics of various systems: hydrodynamics, crystal growth, chemical reactions, and combustion. Dynamics of Curved Fronts is an important contribution to this field and will be an indispensable reference work for researchers and graduate students in physics, applied mathematics, and chemical engineering. The book consist of a 100 page introduction by the editor and 33 seminal articles from various disciplines.


Theoretical condensed matter physicists, mathematical physicists, and mathematicians studying nonlinear dynamics, physics and math libraries.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. The Saffman-Taylor Finger. Stationary Shapes of a Needle Crystal Growing from a Supercooled Liquid. Stationary Shapes of a Curved Flame Propagating in a Channel. Stability of Curved Fronts. Conclusion. References. Collected Papers. Planar Front Propagation. Dragging of a Liquid by a Moving Plate. Saffman-Taylor Finger. Dendrites. Directional Solidification. Raising Bubbles. Premixed Flames.

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  • No. of pages: 514
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: November 28, 1988
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925233

About the Series Volume Editors

Pierre Pelce

Pierre Pelcé was born in Poitiers (France) on 4 June 1959. He was teached in the Paris region, before to become a student in Physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris in the beginning of 1980. He begun his scientific career as a CNRS researcher in Marseille (France), working on out of equilibrium systems like flame fronts, more generally chemical fronts and cristalline dendrite morphologies. He then spent one year in the James Franck institute of Chicago in 1986, where he begun to think to possible applications of the dynamics of non living matter to morphogenesis of unicellular algae, fungal cells and neurons. Then he became director of research in CNRS in the Institut de Recherches sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (IRPHE) in Marseille in 1991, where he realized many scientific works on morphogenesis, in teaching collaboration with Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon and fruitful research collaboration with the Neurocybernetic laboratory of Marseille. He is author of Theory of growth and form (2000), which appears as a prelude to a Physicochemical theory of Tip Growth presented in this book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, Institue IRPHE UMR Marseille

A. Libchaber

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