1. Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Fluctuation-Induced Transitions in Multistable Systems

  1. Gregoire Nicolis2 and
  2. Dominique Maes3
  1. Gregoire Nicolis2 and
  2. Catherine Nicolis1

Published Online: 9 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118309513.ch1

Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Multistep Nucleation and Self-Assembly in Nanoscale Materials: Advances in Chemical Physics Volume 151

Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Multistep Nucleation and Self-Assembly in Nanoscale Materials: Advances in Chemical Physics Volume 151

How to Cite

Nicolis, G. and Nicolis, C. (2012) Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Fluctuation-Induced Transitions in Multistable Systems, in Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Multistep Nucleation and Self-Assembly in Nanoscale Materials: Advances in Chemical Physics Volume 151 (eds G. Nicolis and D. Maes), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118309513.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, 3 Avenue Circulaire, 1180 Brussels, Belgium, Germany

  2. 3

    Structural Biology Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, 3 Avenue Circulaire, 1180 Brussels, Belgium

  2. 2

    Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, 3 Avenue Circulaire, 1180 Brussels, Belgium, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 MAY 2012

Book Series:

  1. Advances in Chemical Physics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Stuart A. Rice and
  2. Aaron R. Dinner

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry and The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118167830

Online ISBN: 9781118309513

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Keywords:

  • fluctuation-induced transition kinetics in multistable systems;
  • generic models of transitions, compatible with nucleation;
  • intermediate states on kinetics of transitions, two reference states

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Formulation

  • Closed Systems and Detailed Balance

  • Generic Potentials and their Unfoldings

  • Kinetics of Transitions Between States: Mapping into a Discrete Markov Process

  • Irreversible Thermodynamics of Fluctuation-Induced Transitions

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References