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Why is Fermi-Dirac type of distribution used in semiconductors?

We assume that distribution of electrons follows Fermi-Dirac distribution / statistics in semiconductor model which will help to find the concentrations of electron and holes and the relationship ...
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Finding root mean square speed of an ideal gas [on hold]

Again a question ive never seen in my life... The molecules of an ideal gas have a root mean square speed of 520 meters per second at a temperature of 27 degrees celcius. Calculate the r.m.s speed ...
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Simple mean-field “lattice gas” model

I'm having some conceptual problems with a simple mean-field "lattice gas" model and I'd be glad if someone could help me go further. Basically the model consists of the following hamiltonian: $$ H ...
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Why is not the entropy of earth increasing? [on hold]

The entropy of earth is not increasing significantly in the past billions of years. So what is the reason? It must be because of the sunshine. But I still do not have a concrete picture.
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A functional average calculation confusion within Gaussian planar model's RG

I am trying to follow some detailed calculation in a famous paper [John, B. Kogut, Rev. Mod. Phys. 51, 659 (1979), An introduction to lattice gauge theory and spin systems]. More precisely, please ...
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bose einstein phase transition

From Carter's book Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, the partition function of a bose-einstein gas in $d$ dimensions is $$ \ln(Z) = ...
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Making Pudding; A complicated non-equilibrium statistical process?

There are a lot of non-equilibrium processes examples given in physics literature. But some processes that are present in everyday life are not treated. As an example, the formation of pudding can be ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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Topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problem

I would like to ask about useful reviews, must-read papers on the study of topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problems that give a good introduction to the topic.
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Ewald summation without repeating one particle periodically?

I need to perform an Ewald summation for a Brownian Dynamics simulation. In the normal Ewald summation procedure, all particles in the simulation box are periodically repeated in the neighbouring ...
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canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous?

I do not understand what the following statements from Wikipedia mean For a canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous, the canonical partition function is defined as $$ Z = ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy at equilibrium [closed]

Can someone give me a derivation of why the Helmholtz free energy is a minimum at equilibrium with T and V held fixed in detail. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Are Fermi-Dirac-statistics relevant to view the universal system of neutrinos?

Should the energy distribution of neutrinos be affected by Fermi-Dirac statistics? And if so, what would the consequences be? Could this locally cause weak interaction because of the Pauli Exclusion ...
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Mono-atomic gas particles coupled by spring forces don't care how many particles are involved?

I calculated the partition function of $N$ classical atoms of identical mass $m$ who all experience a mutual spring forces with identical spring constant $k$. The Hamilton is \begin{align} H = ...
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How to explain the Venturi effect with Kinetic Theory?

From a macroscopic perspective a fluid flowing through a pipe gets accelerated when the pipe's cross section gets narrower. According to $F= ma$ a force must be present to do this. This force is ...
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Maximizing particle annihilation of a certain particle type?

Is there any theoretical situation where one would be able to maximize the production of a certain type of particle? I wish to continue discussing this question: Where would dark matter be produced? ...
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Can the energy/power required to mix two fluids together be calculated?

Given two fluids; say for example oxygen and nitrogen gases. By simply introducing, again for example 1 liter of each gas into a closed container, the process of diffusion alone will eventually cause ...
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Are temperature and chemical potential of a black hole independent quantities?

I am a bit confused about the independent parameters in a charged black hole in AdS spaces. From equation (63) of this lecture notes we see that the temperature (T) of the black hole has chemical ...
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Kinetic Theory of Liquids

I am familiar with the Kinetic Theory of a gas, where atoms or molecules are in relatively high-speed, random motion, and the bulk properties of the gas are determined by aggregations of these ...
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Entropy change in Heisenberg picture

If we stick with Heisenberg picture where density matrix $\rho$ is constant, how do we account for entropy increase? I've read the answer to State collapse in the Heisenberg picture but I don't see ...
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Dependence of heat absorbed on different ways of heating

Heat capacity depends on the delta Q (i.e small amount of heat absorbed) and delta T (i.e small change in temperature). My question is,why is the amount of heat absorbed different for different ways ...
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Thermodynamic transformation

Why it is so that any reversible thermodynamic transformation is quasi- static ? Also, Why the converge is not necessarily true ?
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What is the entropy of a mixed state in classical physics?

Consider a classical system which admits certain macroscopic level of description. It is known, that for two pure states $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ on this level of description the entropy of the ...
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Is the energy per degree of freedom $\frac{1}{2}kT$ in relativistic systems?

The equipartition theorem says that the mean energy per degree of freedom is $\frac{1}{2} kT$. Is this result relativistically correct?
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What are the distributions of electron speeds (a) in a star? (b) in a planet?

Ideally I would like to have an x-y graph of (x) speed relative to centre of mass of the body (star or planet) against (y) the number or percentage of electrons having that speed at a given moment in ...
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Hydrostatic forces in a bowl of cereal [duplicate]

This morning I was eating cereal which consisted of roughly spherical pieces just shy of one centimeter in diameter. By the time I was nearly finished, the cereal pieces were floating in a monolayer ...
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Partition function of a 3D vibrating string

Is the partition function of a 3D vibrating string a sum of discrete energies, an integral of an energy continuum, or both? $$ Z_{\text{disc}} = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}g_ke^{-\beta E_k} $$ or $$ ...
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Momentum distribution function for a particle in a 1D box

In these notes on statistical thermodynamics (pp. 62), I encountered this [topic: particle in a 1D box]: We shall adopt the initial condition that the probability distribution function has the ...
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Find an expression for S(T,x) from tension and specific heat

I'm working on a problem from a Statistical Mechanics lecture series online, and on the homework, I hit a bump in this problem. Here is the problem set, and I'm asking about #1.c. Short version, we ...
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Can I measure the volume of a locked room by pumping gas through keyhole and measuring its entropy?

Suppose that I have a locked room and a keyhole in the door and I want to measure the room's volume. Suppose also that I have some "magical" "artificial" inert gas A that doesn't interact with ...
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from microscopic to kinetic transport theory

One way to model the dynamics of particles is to find the differential equation of motion of a particle. Of course, this will be nice and easy to do if we have only a few particles (like one-ish, ...
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Why we need to suppose the chemical potential is zero here?

I've been working on some statistical mechanics problems and one of them asks to compute the pressure with chemical potential zero of a boson gas whose particles do not interact and whose energies are ...
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Direct definition of density of states

I've been studying statistical mechanics and in the book there's something the author calls density of states which he introduced in a kind of indirect way. Basically, the author argues that if we ...
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What conditions are needed for Onsager reciprocal relations?

I often find a thorough discussion of the conditions that must hold for a theorem lacking, especially in the sense of what they actually mean physically. Could anyone write up what kind of systems ...
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Equipartition theorem and virial theorem differences?

The classical virial theorem and the classical equipartition theorem are clearly related. A version of the virial theorem is, \begin{equation} \bigg\langle \sum ^{3N}_{i=1} x_i\frac{\partial ...
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Time evolution of a classical system

For a harmonic oscillator the Liouville operator is given by $$L = p \partial_q- q \partial_p.$$ Now I have a phase space distribution $f(t,q,p)$ for which it holds (in general) $$f(t+\tau,q,p)= ...
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Statistical physics Susskind lecture question? Proof of Boltzmann distribution

In lecture 3 of the following series by Susskind on statistical physics, at 36 minutes in he takes the following step and spends the next 5 minutes discussing it, \begin{equation} f(P_i)=-N\sum ...
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Mean-field solution of Potts model

The mean-field equation for the three-state Potts model $H= -J∑δσiδσj$ can be derived as follows using this: a) show that $H$ is equivalent to $-J∑Si.Sj$ where, $Si=(1 0) , (-1/2 √3/2 ) , (-1/2 ...
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Gaussian integral on a Riemannian manifold

How do I estimate the Gaussian integral $\int d^nx \sqrt{g(x)}~e^{-x^2} $ on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g=det~g_{\mu\nu})$? I've tried to consider $\sqrt{g(x)}$ as an analytic function and expanded it. ...
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Phase transition without the Peierls' counter argument

Is there any proof of the existence of phase transition in models of statistical mechanics of the Ising type models without using the Peierls' argument and its variations? By models of the Ising ...
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Statistical field theories on topological defects

Systems like superconductors and superfluids are often treated by specifying some phenomenological mean field theory where the free energy is given as a functional of some order parameter field. Given ...
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steady state and thermodynamic equilibrium

What is the difference between a system being in a steady state and thermodynamic equilibrium ? Can a system be in steady state but not in thermodynamic equilibrium and vice-versa?
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Fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics

I am confused about the statement of the 'fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics,' as one lecture would put it. For an isolated system in equilibrium, all accessible microstates are equally ...
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Partition function is simply temperature if possible sub system energy is continuous?

Partition function is $$Z=\sum_j\exp\left(-\frac{\epsilon_j}{kT}\right)$$ a sum over all possible energy levels $\epsilon_1,\epsilon_2, ..., \epsilon_M$. There must be a finite number of choices ...
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What is known about Renyi entropy of a probability density function?

I see most discussions about Renyi entropy to be using either of these two kinds of definitions, for $\alpha > 0, \alpha \neq 1$ $H_{\alpha}(p_i)=\frac{1}{1-\alpha}\log \sum p_i^{\alpha}$ for a ...
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An integral involving the Bose-Einstein distribution

I'm trying to reproduce the following calculation from the book by Fetter and Walecka (eq. 55.37 and following ones), which represents the temperature dependance of the non-condensate part of a ...
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Boltzmann equation collisional operator in thermal equilibrium

Edited after Thomas' answer http://jila.colorado.edu/~ajsh/astr5770_14/grbook.pdf#section.30.5 Question 30.6. "Detailed balance": System is in thermal equilibrium, and the physics of the system is ...
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Autocorrelation function corresponding to density of states with significant rotational motion

Most statistical physics textbooks (at least the ones I've found) state simply that the density of states of a system can be found as the temporal Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation ...
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Total number of photons per unit volume in a box (extremely confusing)

This is a worked example from a text. a) Find an expression for the number of photons per unit volume with energies between $E$ and $E+dE$ in a cavity at temperature $T$. $$n(E)dE = g(E)f(E)dE = ...
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Does the Unruh effect really describe a thermal bath?

If we consider a free (massless scalar) field $\phi$ in Minkowski space and look at it in Rindler coordinates (which correspond to what an accelerated observer sees), we find that the action of the ...