Accession Number:

ADA094972

Title:

Symmetry Breaking Far from Equilibrium.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

PRINCETON UNIV NJ JOSEPH HENRY LABS OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-01-21

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

An examination of the Rayleigh-Benard convection experiment shows that the defining features of long-range order and spontaneous symmetry breaking as they occur in equilibrium transitions, are also observed far from equilibrium. The broken symmetry is not, as has been suggested, translational invariance, but rather a discrete symmetry under velocity reversal. Some experimental consequences of these observations are outlined. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE