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How can I compute the average number of collisions of a particle in a spherical container?

The problem statement reads as follows: A spherical container of radius $R$ with a small hole is inmersed in an ideal gas at a tempereature T. When a gas particle enters into the spherical container, ...
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Quantum Monte Carlo for harmonic oscillator

I'm trying to calculate harmonic oscillator using quantum monte carlo (path integral and metropolis algorithm). It's one particle in harmonic potential. I know the theory. One divides the partition ...
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Why does Planck's constant appear in classical statistical mechanics

Why does Planck's constant appear in classical statistical mechanics. I gather a constant appears in because we would like to count classical states in phase space and so therefore we have to ...
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Density matrix in Quantum Statistical Mechanics

What is the connection between the density matrix in quantum statistical mechanics and the probability of being a particular state in classical statistical mechanics? It would seem that the elements ...
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Good layman definition of the critical point(phases) and supercriticality

I've heard of this point among others, but never really got what it meant. Wikipedia makes one's head spin. The only thing I picked up is that it occurs between liquid and gas, and displays ...
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Generalized Onsager Relation

The usual Onsager reciprocity relations states the first order kinetic coefficients form a symmetric matrix. Are there any such relations (from time reversal symmetry) for higher order kinetic ...
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The wavefunction of the superconductor A consists of two parts: B and C

In reading this article, I come across this paragraph: The pink marked place is where I can't understand, why can we use direct product of the former but not the later? This is may be a basic ...
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What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings?

What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings? I know that condensed matter systems can be constructed to be described by any ...
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Why is there zero point energy at absolute zero temperature? [closed]

If we define the absolute zero as a temperature which there is no entropy in it so why should we have zero point energy?
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Dispensing with the “a priori equal probability” postulate

I find the "a priori equal probability postulate" in statistical mechanics terribly frustrating. I look at two different states of a system, and they look very different. The particles are moving in ...
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Derive the Sackur-Tetrode equation

How do you derive the Sackur-Tetrode equation? I know that you must start off with the multiplicity of a mono-atomic ideal gas: ...
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Probablistic interpretation of entropy

After taking a statistical mechanics course, I'm somewhat surprised that my intuitive highschool understanding of entropy doesn't match my current understanding. When I was introduced to entropy, I ...
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Why energy at room temperature $= kT$ and not $(3/2)kT$ [duplicate]

I always see that a room temperature of $T=300\,\text{K}$ corresponds to an energy of $k_BT \approx \frac{1}{40}\,\text{eV}$. But shouldn't it be $\frac{3}{2}k_BT$ since the molecules in the air have ...
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What is the justification for the minimum image convention in periodic boundary condition?

As the distance between first particle-second particle and first particle-image of the second particle are not same. How is it justified to use the distance from the nearest image to compute ...
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Monoatomic fluids and free space around atoms

In monoatomic fluids the atoms can move quite freely around each other. Is there any thermodynamic/statistical mechanic equation how much free space there is between the atoms? This has to be ...
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Cosmological Boltzmann equation [closed]

Consider the Boltzmann equation: $$\frac{d \ln{n^c(T)}}{d \ln{T}} = \frac{\Gamma}{H}(1 - \frac{n^c_{eq}(T)}{n^c(T)})$$ We know that the ratio $\Gamma/H$ can be considered constant, let us put it ...
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How to derive entropy transport equation from heat equation?

Suppose I have heat equation: $$ \rho (\partial_{t} + (u \cdot \nabla)) T = -\nabla \cdot \mathbf R, $$ where $\mathbf R$ - some vector and $T$ - temperature. How to get the equation for entropy $S$ ...
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Internal energy of ideal gas in the grand canonical ensemble

I am reading through Pathria/Beale StatMech and I have a problem to understand the calculation of the internal energy of an ideal gas in the grand canonical ensemble, i.e. the derivation of the ...
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Is the Landau Free Energy U-TS or βH?

I'm having a hard time figuring out the physical meaning of the Landau Free Energy density: $$f(\phi,\nabla\phi,T) = \frac{1}{2}|\nabla\phi |^2 + \frac{a(T-T_c)}{2}|\phi |^2 + \frac{b}{4}|\phi |^4$$ ...
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Why don't things get destroyed by gas molecules flying around?

Gas molecules go at an insane velocity, and though they are miniscule, yet there is a LOT of them. Of course, because of all these molecules hurtling around, there is air pressure; yet if you envision ...
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Thermalization of coupled classical oscillators

I would like to understand if it is possible to perform an experiment, where a bunch of classical harmonic oscillators (e.g., LC circuits or mechanical pendula) coupled in a simple manner (e.g., one ...
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Canonical or microcanonical ensemble?

What of this ensembles is more honest with natural thermal equilibrium? In microcanonical ensemble the sample is isolated, and we don't now the precise value of energy. By this considerations we have ...
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Resources for introductory quantum statistical mechanics

I am currently struggling to understand my basic introductory course on quantum statistical mechanics and I have done a basic course on single particle quantum mechanics. I was wondering whether ...
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Why the non-analyticity of free energy function implies phase transition? And what's its connection with other 'higher level' free energies?

I have seen 'free energy' arising from several contexts in very different forms, and each contains different amount of information. For example free energy is defined as the logarithm of the ...
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assuming $kT=1$ in $Z=\sum e^{-H}$ and $F=-lnZ$?

Some statistical physics book use: $Z=\sum e^{-H}$ and $F=-lnZ$ as defination for partition function and free energy. I think they should be $Z=\sum e^{-\frac{H}{kT}}$ and $F=-kT lnZ$ Are they ...
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How is partition function related to ordinary generating function?

Ordinary generating function can be used to solve combinatorial enumeration problems. Now if the energy levels are discrete, say $g_i$, and if one want to count how many ways one can add up $g_i$ ...
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How to understand Density of States with dispersion relation

I am having trouble understanding the Density of states concept. As I currently understand it, for the density of states $g(k)$ it is the number of microstates with wave number in the range ...
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Counting classical microstates

In my notes it states that the convention for summing over the classical states is $$\sum_{\Gamma} \longrightarrow \frac{1}{N!}\int \prod_{i=1}^N \frac{d^3q_id^3p_i}{h_0^3} \tag1$$ Now I know that ...
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Proving the Virial theorem

Consider the expectation in the canonical ensemble defined by $$\left\langle x_i\frac{\partial \mathcal{H}}{\partial x_j} \right\rangle=\frac{1}{Z}\int d\Gamma x_i\frac{\partial ...
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Formula for computing macrostates

I'm trying to figure out how to arrange 3 particles across 5 energy level from 0E to 4E and obtained 5 macrostates (this could be wrong). While it is possible to do so for small number of n particles, ...
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Construction of free energy based on Landau theory

Consider an Ising model system where the total energy is $E = −J \sum_{<ij>} S_iS_j $, $S_i = \pm 1$ and $< ij >$ implies sum over nearest neighbours. For $J < 0$ the ground state of ...
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Number of microstates compatible with two boxes

From my notes I have: From one point of view there are many more microstates compatible with the LHS than the RHS, in fact the relation between the number of microstates is ...
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How does temperature relate to the kinetic energy of molecules?

In ideal gas model, temperature is the measure of average kinetic energy of the gas molecules. If by some means the gas particles are accelerated to a very high speed in one direction, KE certainly ...
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Counting the number of microstates that there are for a given configuration. How to prove this result?

I'm doing some statistical physics and I came across a result which I'm not sure how to derive. Any help? The answer turns out to be: Can anyone help with this derivation? Thank you :D
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Why $\epsilon > \mu$ for Bose-Einstein distribution (but not for Fermi-Dirac)?

For fermions $$\bar{n}_{FD}=\frac{1}{e^{(\epsilon -\mu)/kT}+1}$$ and $\epsilon$ can be bigger or small than $\mu$. However, for bosons: $$\bar{n}_{BE}=\frac{1}{e^{(\epsilon -\mu)/kT}-1}$$ which ...
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“Definition” of internal energy

Conversation of energy implies that if we have a thermally insulated system which goes from state 1 to state 2: $$\Delta E_{12}=E(2)-E(1)=\Delta W_{12}$$ and the 1st law of thermodynamics ...
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Could Navier-Stokes equation be derived directly from Boltzmann equation?

I know how to derive Navier-Stokes equations from Boltzmann equation in case where bulk and viscosity coefficients are set to zero. I need only multiply it on momentum and to integrate it over ...
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Why does the superconductivity hamiltonian have a µ term, while the superfluid does not?

In every discussion of SC and SF that I read (e.g. Simons), the SC Hamiltonian (BCS) has a $\epsilon_k - \mu$ in the kinetic part of the Hamiltonian, while the SF Hamiltonian has just a $\epsilon_k + ...
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Sufficient conditions for Equipartition Theorem to hold

I was wondering what are the sufficient conditions for the Equipartition Theorem. I know there is another question (For which systems is the equipartition theorem valid?) that somewhats answers this ...
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System of two harmonic oscillators and its quantum partition function

Consider a system of two harmonic oscillators with different frequencies $\omega_1,\omega_2$ and masses $m_1,m_2$ so the hamiltonian is $$\mathcal{H}(p_1,q_1;p_2,q_2)=\sum_{i=1}^2 ...
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why can noise induce multistability, particularly in (bio)chemical systems

There are several instances that people claim that a system is monostable in a deterministic model, but when they consider stochastic models, from either master equations or Fokker-Planck equations, ...
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When obtaining the thermodynamic entropy (e.g. by differentiating F) the average entropy is being found. In what sense is this an average?

If I have some expression of the entropy (or another thermodynamic quantity of a system (e.g. pressure) obtained from the Helmholtz free energy, F. Is this the mean (average) or the modal (most ...
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Showing existence of negative temperature for a quantum system

It may be shown that the partition function for a quantum system containing N distinguishable particles each of which has energy state $\epsilon_1$ and $\epsilon_2$ is given by ...
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Historical Survey of Statistical Mechanics [migrated]

Statistical mechanics is a subject with a particularly rich history. I think of the early debates of Boltzmann and Loschmidt, the rather confusing differences between the approaches of Gibbs and ...
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Temperature and Renormalization Scale in QFT

A particle physicist told me that everything in Peskin & Schroder is at zero temperature, and once you consider finite-$T$ QFT, things become more complicated. Meanwhile, I sometimes see people ...
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Calculating quantum partition functions

...By quantizing we the get the following Hamiltonian operator $$\hat{H}=\sum_{\mathbf{k}}\hbar \omega(\mathbf{k})\left(\hat{n}(\mathbf{k})+\frac{1}{2} \right)$$ where ...
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How do i mathematically represent reflection in a (diffusion) Problem?

I am trying to formulate boundary conditions and it occurred to me that I never had to implement a reflective boundary before. The example is a one dimensional diffusion, where at $x=0$ the ...
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How does Metropolis algorithm work in the Ising model?

I was reading the proof of Metropolis algorithm. The transition probability of going from a state $i$ to a state $j$ is $\pi_{ij}$. If I understand correctly, this is the product $\pi_{i ...
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Boltzmann Distribution - why maximum number of microstates?

I've recently started to learn statistical mechanics and I've run into Boltzmann Distribution. I wanted to see how it is derived and found some articles on web, but no one of them explain why the idea ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration of attractive interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...