Preface. 1. Solitons in biology (A.S. Davydov). 2. Experimental observation of a Davydov-like soliton (A.C. Scott). 3. Thermodynamics of two-dimensional soliton systems (V.L. Pokrovsky, A.L. Talapov and P. Bak). 4. Spin dynamics of Heisenberg chains (T. Schneider and E. Stoll). 5. Solitons and nonlinear phenomena in parametrically excited spin waves (V.S. L'vov). 6. Soliton model of polyacetylene (S. Kivelson). 7. Classical statistical mechanics of lattice dynamic model systems (T. Schneider). 8. Solitons in superfluid 3He (K. Maki). 9. Solitons in Josephson transmission lines (N.F. Pedersen). 10. Soliton stability (V.E. Zakharov, E.A. Kuznetsov and A.M. Rubenchik). 11. Dynamical and topological solitons in ferromagnets and antiferromagnets (A.M. Kosevich). 12. Solitons and surface diffusion (I.F. Lyuksyutov, A.G. Naumovets and Yu. S. Vedula). 13. Integrable magnetic models (A.V. Mikhailov). 14. Solitons in charge and spin density wave systems (B. Horovitz). 15. Solitons on the Toda lattice: thermodynamical and quantum-mechanical aspects (F.G. Mertens and H. Büttner). 16. Nonlinear effects in low-dimensional magnets (M. Steiner and A.R. Bishop). Author index. Subject index. Cumulative index.
In the twenty years since Zabusky and Kruskal coined the term ``soliton'', this concept changed the outlook on certain types of nonlinear phenomena and found its way into all branches of physics. The present volume deals with a great variety of applications of the new concept in condensed-matter physics, which is particularly reached in experimentally observable occurrences. The presentation is not centred around the mathematical aspects; the emphasis is on the physical nature of the nonlinear phenomena occurring in particular situations.
With its emphasis on concrete, mostly experimentally verifiable cases, ``Solitons'' constitutes a very readable and instructive introduction to the subject as well as an up-to-date account of current developments in a field of research reaching maturity.
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- 1st December 1986
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