Superstatistics: theory and applications

Beck, C.
March 2004
Continuum Mechanics & Thermodynamics;Mar2004, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p293
Academic Journal
Superstatistics is a superposition of two different statistics relevant to driven nonequilibrium systems with a stationary state and intensive parameter fluctuations. It contains Tsallis statistics as a special case. After briefly summarizing some of the theoretical aspects, we describe recent applications of this concept to three different physical problems, namely a) fully developed hydrodynamic turbulence, b) pattern formation in thermal convection states, and c) the statistics of cosmic rays.


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