Recently, interacting particle systems have been studied widely from the standpoints of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Many researchers are becoming interested in this field.This book focuses on the phase transitions of interacting particle systems, especially their critical values and order parameters. It poses the following question: How can we get good bounds on the critical values and the order parameters? This question is very basic, and many researchers have been trying to get better bounds rigorously. Hence the book provides bounds - both the author's and others'.
Markov chains; contact process type models on small finite sets; the basic contact process; the theta-contact process; diffusive contact processes; long range contact processes; uniform nearest-particle systems; particle systems on trees.