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Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement No. 165
Physics of Non-Equilibrium Systems:
Self-Organized Structures and Dynamics Far from Equilibrium
Proceedings of the 20th Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Symposium
Edited by Takao Ohta and Masatoshi Murase
This volume contains invited lectures at the international symposium
``Physics of Non-Equilibrium Systems: Self-Organized Structures and
Dynamics Far from Equilibrium" held at Nishinomiya City, Japan,
from October 3 to 4, 2005.
Non-equilibrium phenomena in systems far from thermal equilibrium
manifest themselves in various fields of science, including physics,
chemistry, biologyc and material science. Their study is of central
importance in the theory of pattern dynamics and statistical physics
and has aroused ever-increasing interest over the past few decades.
Also, it is expected that research about such phenomena will lead
to new applications in diverse fields of science and technology.
For example, there have been many attempts recently to apply the
concept of dissipative structures to domain control in systems of
nano/mesoscopic scales. Developments in non-equilibrium physics
could also be important for understanding fundamental properties of
biological systems, such as efficiency, robustness, sensitivity
The topics covered include:
(1) Single-molecule biophysics,
(2) Effective Descri
ption of small non-equilibrium systems,
(3) Out-of-equilibrium nanosystems,
(4) Cell adhesion as dynamic interplay of lock-and-key,
generic and elastic forces,
(5) A communication perspective on network topologies,
(6) Nanoscale pattern for mation in non-equilibrium surface chemical
(7) unfolding dynamics of single collapsed DMA molecules, etc.
This volume serves as a survey on the recent theoretical and
experimental development in this field, and will be of value to
researchers, as well as to non-experts and students interested in this subject.