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


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