**Author**: William T Coffey

**Publisher:**World Scientific

**ISBN:**981448380X

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This volume is the third edition of the first-ever elementary book on the Langevin equation method for the solution of problems involving the translational and rotational Brownian motion of particles and spins in a potential highlighting modern applications in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and so on. In order to improve the presentation, to accommodate all the new developments, and to appeal to the specialized interests of the various communities involved, the book has been extensively rewritten and a very large amount of new material has been added. This has been done in order to present a comprehensive overview of the subject emphasizing via a synergetic approach that seemingly unrelated physical problems involving random noise may be described using virtually identical mathematical methods in the spirit of the founders of the subject, viz., Einstein, Langevin, Smoluchowski, Kramers, etc. The book has been written in such a way that all the material should be accessible both to an advanced researcher and a beginning graduate student. It draws together, in a coherent fashion, a variety of results which have hitherto been available only in the form of scattered research papers and review articles. Contents:Historical Background and Introductory ConceptsLangevin Equations and Methods of SolutionBrownian Motion of a Free Particle and a Harmonic OscillatorRotational Brownian Motion About a Fixed Axis in N-Fold Cosine PotentialsBrownian Motion in a Tilted Periodic Potential: Application to the Josephson Tunnelling JunctionTranslational Brownian Motion in a Double-Well PotentialNon-inertial Rotational Diffusion in Axially Symmetric External Potentials: Applications to Orientational Relaxation of Molecules in Fluids and Liquid CrystalsAnisotropic Non-inertial Rotational Diffusion in an External Potential: Application to Linear and Nonlinear Dielectric Relaxation and the Dynamic Kerr EffectBrownian Motion of Classical Spins: Application to Magnetization Relaxation in SuperparamagnetsInertial Effects in Rotational and Translational Brownian Motion for a Single Degree of FreedomInertial Effects in Rotational Diffusion in Space: Application to Orientational Relaxation in Molecular Liquids and FerrofluidsAnomalous Diffusion and Relaxation Readership: Advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers in statistical physics, condensed matter physics and magnetism, chemical physics, theoretical chemistry and applied mathematics. Keywords:Brownian Motion;Historical Development;Analogy with Financial Systems;Translational and Rotational Diffusion;Stochastic Differential Equations;Langevin Equation;FokkerâPlanck Equation;Characteristic Times of Relaxation Processes;Escape Rate Theory;Kramers Turnover Problem;Matrix Continued Fraction Solution of Evolution Equtions;Kerr Effect;Microwave (Debye) and Far-Infrared (Poley) Absorption;Dielectric Relaxation in Liquids and Nematic Liquid Crystals;Classical Spins;Superparamagnetism;NÃ©el-Brown Model;Dynamic Magnetic Hysteresis;Switching Fields;Stoner-Wohlfarth Astroids;Ferromagnetic Resonance;Ferrofluids;Josephson Effect;Ring Laser;Magnetic Resonance Imaging;Stochastic Resonance;Anomalous Diffusion;Continuous Time Random Walk;Fractional Langevin Equation;Fractional FokkerâPlanck EquationKey Features:This volume is the third edition of the first elementary book on the Langevin equation method for the solution of problems involving the translational and rotational Brownian motion in a potential with particular emphasis on modern applications in the natural sciences, electrical engineering, etc.It has been extensively enlarged to cover in a reasonably succinct manner using a synergetic approach a number of new topics such as anomalous diffusion, continuous time random walks, stochastic resonance, superparamagnetism, magnetic resonance imaging, etc. which are of major current interest in view of the large number of disparate systems which exhibit these phenomenaThe book is written in a manner such that all the material should be accessible to an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate studentReviews: “This book is devoted to a detailed presentation of Langevin's idea and does this almost perfectly. Successive topics considered in this book are presented in a detailed manner giving the general impression that this book is a comprehensive compendium of knowledge. This book should be a very valuable addition to libraries of many experienced scientists and also beginners (e.g., students) presenting solutions of many stochastic phenomena.” Zentralblatt MATH Reviews of the First and Second Editions: “I found this book a valuable addition to my library. It will be of interest to researchers and advanced students and the material could be used as the text for a course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.” Irwin Oppenheim MIT “This enlarged and updated second edition of the book: 'The Langevin equation presents an extremely useful source for the practitioners of stochastic processes and its applications to physics, chemistry, engineering and biological physics, both for the experts and the beginners. It gives a valuable survey of solvable paradigms that rule many diverse stochastic phenomena. As such, it belongs onto the desk of all engaged in doing research and teaching in this area.” Peter Hanggi University of Augsburg “This is a timely update of the theory and applications of the Langevin equation, which skillfully combines the elementary approaches with most recent developments such as anomalous diffusion and fractional kinetics. Both experts and beginners will benefit from this well-written textbook.” Joseph Klafter Tel Aviv University