Curvature and Variational Modeling in Physics and Biophysics: Santiago De Compostela, Spain 17-28 September 2007

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-04
  • Publisher: Amer Inst of Physics

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The School was mainly addressed to young researchers coming from different disciplines with a common interest in variational problems defined by curvature energy functionals. Curves and surfaces obtained as critical points of these functionals are investigated from a theoretical and numerical point of view. Applications are shown in Geometry, Physics and Biophysics. An elementary background in Differential Geometry and Variational Calculus is assumed.

Table of Contents

Lectures on Elastic Curves and Rodsp. 3
Variational Problems Which are Quadratic in the Surface Curvaturesp. 33
Simple Geometrical Models with Applications in Physicsp. 71
The Geometry and Topology of Liquid Crystalsp. 114
Semiflexible Polymers and Filaments: From Variational Problems to Fluctuationsp. 151
An Experimental Trip to the Calculus of Variationsp. 186
Computational Methods in Mathematicsp. 213
List of Participantsp. 253
Author Indexp. 255
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