Unifying Concepts in Granular Media and Glasses

Unifying Concepts in Granular Media and Glasses

From the Statistical Mechanics of Granular Media to the Theory of Jamming

1st Edition - June 30, 2004

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  • Editors: Antonio Coniglio, Annalisa Fierro, Hans Herrmann, Mario Nicodemi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474687

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Deep connections are emerging in the physics of non-thermal systems,such as granular media, and other "complex systems" such as glass formers, spin glasses, colloids or gels. This book discusses the unifying physical theories, developed in recent years, for the description of these systems. The special focus of the book is on recent important developments in the formulation of a Statistical Mechanics approach to granular media and the description of out-of-equilibrium dynamics, such as "jamming" phenomena, ubiquitous in these "complex systems". The book collects contributions from leading researchers in these fields, providing both an introduction, at a graduate level, to these rapidly developing subjects and featuring an up to date, self contained, presentation of theoretical and experimental developments for researchers in areas ranging from Chemistry, to Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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· the book discusses very hot topics in physical sciences
· it includes contributions from the most prominent researchers in the area
· it is clearly written and self contained


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Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Table of contents

    Part I. Granular media
    The Properties of Jamming at Zero Temperature, by L.E. Silbert, C.S. O'Hern, A.J. Liu and S.R. Nagel
    A basis for the statistical mechanics of granular systems, by S.F. Edwards, J. Brujic and H.A. Makse
    A possible experimental test of the thermodynamic approach to granular media, by D.S. Dean and A. Lefevre
    Memory and Kovacs effects in the parking-lot model: an approximate statistical-mechanical treatment, by G. Tarjus and P. Viot
    Statistical Mechanics of jamming and segregation in granular media, by M. Nicodemi, A. Coniglio, A. de Candia, A. Fierro, M. Pica Ciamarra and M. Tarzia
    Granular compaction, by D. Bideau, P. Philippe, P. Ribière and P. Richard
    Experiments in randomly agitated granular assemblies close to the jamming transition, by G. Caballero, A. Lindner, G. Ovarlez, G. Reydellet, J. Lanuza and E. Clement
    An oscillator in the granular matter, by G. D'Anna and P. Mayor
    Segregation phases in a vibrated binary granular layer, by P.M. Reis, T. Mullin and G. Ehrhardt
    Shaken, not stirred: why gravel packs better than bricks, by A. Mehta and J.M. Luck

    Part II.Thermal glassy systems
    On pre-asymptotic aging in finite dimensional spin glasses, by S. Franz, V. Lecomte and R. Mulet
    Stimulated and spontaneous relaxation in glassy systems, by F. Ritort
    Heterogeneities in the Dynamics of Supercooled Water, by N. Giovambattista, M.G. Mazza, S.V. Buldyrev, F.W. Starr and H.E. Stanley
    Glass States in Dense Attractive Micellar Systems, F. Mallamace, M. Broccio, W.R. Chen, A. Faraone, and S.H. Chen
    Short-ranged attractive colloids: What is the gel state?, by E. Zaccarelli, F. Sciortino, S.V. Buldyrev, P. Tartaglia
    Structural arrest in chemical and colloidal gels, by E. Del Gado, A. Fierro, L. de Arcangelis, and A. Coniglio
    Schematic Mode Coupling Theories for Shear Thinning, Shear Thickening,
    and Jamming, by M. E. Cates, C. B. Holmes, M. Fuchs and O. Henrich

    List of participants

Product details

  • No. of pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2004
  • Published: June 30, 2004
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474687

About the Editors

Antonio Coniglio

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Napels "Federico II", Napels, Italy

Annalisa Fierro

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Napels "Federico II", Napels, Italy

Hans Herrmann

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Mario Nicodemi

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Napels "Federico II", Napels, Italy

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