Special Issue "Thermodynamics and Population Dynamics"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Interests: population balances; statistical thermodynamics
Populations undergoing change and evolution appear throughout the physical and social sciences. A generic population is a collection of individuals (members) that join to form clusters. The state of the population is described by the distribution of clusters, and this may evolve dynamically in time. The members of a population may be physical particles, molecules, cells or galaxies; its distribution may refer to physical size, mass, chemical species, or any other attribute that is distributed among the members of the population. The distribution of a population evolves when members are added and removed from the population, or when clusters exchange members. This generic picture describes a large number of diverse phenomena, from polymerization and colloidal aggregation, to the spread of epidemics and the evolution of galaxies.
This Special Issue focuses on the application of thermodynamics to population dynamics. The central property of the population is its distribution and its state under given external constraints. We invite contributions that explore associations between equilibrium thermodynamics and the distribution of dynamic populations. Of particular interest are stochastic processes that exhibit the features of phase transitions. Examples are percolation, the emergence of a giant component in networks, gelation in polymerization and colloidal aggregation, the spread of fires and epidemics. We are seeking papers that employ the tools of statistical thermodynamics to study and understand the behavior of such complex dynamical systems.
Prof. Themis Matsoukas
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