Accession Number : ADA296508

Title :   Proceedings of NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Patterns in Nonequilibrium Complex Systems Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 13-17 April 1993. Volume 21.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Feb 93-31 Jan 94,

Corporate Author : SANTA FE INST NM

Personal Author(s) : Simmons, L. M.

PDF Url : ADA296508

Report Date : 23 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 677

Abstract : This workshop brought together experimentalists working with pattern forming systems in complex materials, such as liquid crystals, polymers, and biological systems, and theorists knowledgeable and interested in a physical understanding of the many, sometimes startlingly beautiful, patterns exhibited by these complex materials. Pattern formation in complex systems is important because it stimulates the growth of new physics and therefore new technologies. The technological relevance touched on at the workshop ranged from laser design, the development of high strength alloys, polymer processing, flat panel liquid crystal displays, and living systems. Just as descriptions in terms of order parameters revolutionized the understanding of phase transitions, the hope is that descriptions via amplitude equations and phase dynamics will give rise to simple descriptions of pattern formation in a wide variety of complex systems.

Descriptors :   *CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, *LIQUID CRYSTALS, *PATTERN RECOGNITION, *NONEQUILIBRIUM FLOW, DYNAMICS, PARAMETERS, PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS, POLYMERS, CONVECTION, TURBULENCE, OPTICAL MATERIALS, HIGH STRENGTH ALLOYS, LASERS, PATTERNS, LIFE(BIOLOGY), WORKSHOPS.

Subject Categories : Fluid Mechanics
      Crystallography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE