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Entropy $S$ for canonical (NVT) and isobaric (NPT) ensemble

In case of non-isolates system (NVT or NPT ensemble), I learned I can calculate the entropy, $$S=-k_B\sum_jp_j\ln(p_j)$$ where $p_j$=probability at $j$ state. but I saw that the entropy is also ...
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Magnetic susceptibility in ising model as magnetization change

Let's say I have a standard 2D Ising model with $$ H(\sigma) = - \sum_{<i~j>}\sigma_i \sigma_j - h\sum_{j} \sigma_j $$ With the metropolis algorithm, I can compute various things like energy ...
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How to understand singularities in physics?

The question is probably two-folded and I will try not to make it too vague, but nonetheless the question remains general. First fold: In most physical laws, that we have analytic mathematical ...
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1D Ising model and degenerate states

I am studying the Ising model in 1D, in the absence of magnetic interaction but in presence of an external magnetic field. The Hamiltonian for an Ising chain with $n$ sites is hence described by $$H = ...
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Maxwell Relations in Thermodynamics - Specific Heat [on hold]

I am not able to solve that question: Using Maxwell relations and the fact that $C_p = T \dfrac{\partial S}{\partial T}\Big|_p$ $C_V = T \dfrac{\partial S}{\partial T}\Big|_V$ Show that I can ...
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Coset construction of Tricritical Ising CFT

In http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-5468/2008/03/P03010 the authors state that the Tricritical Ising Model (TIM) CFT can be obtained from a Wess Zumino Witten construction based in the coset ...
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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Spin correlation function identity

The correlation function G between two spins is usually defined as $$ G=\langle \sigma_a \sigma_b\rangle - \langle \sigma_a\rangle \langle\sigma_b\rangle $$ The $\sigma$ are the value of the spins ...
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Can I use the grand canonical ensemble for a photon gas?

I have been reading about photon gases at https://www2.chem.utah.edu/steele/doc/chem7040/chandlerch4.pdf. They do the analysis using a canonical ensemble. Since photon numbers are not conserved, I ...
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how will the distribution of the no. of particles be in a system ,(N,V,E) if N tends to infinity?

MB distribution is followed if there are N no. of non interacting and distinguishable particles. But if N tends to infinity why does the no. of micro states reduces? Is there any peak in the graph?
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Does spin degeneracy affect ideal Fermi gases in any way as T->Infinity?

In other words, given any system comprised of an ideal Fermi gas, in the high-temperature (classical) limit, are there any observable thermodynamic quantities (pressure, volume, energy, density, etc.) ...
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What is the gas entropy as a functional of a one-particle distribution function?

There are some discrepancies on how to introduce entropy in classical kinetic theory. In what follows $f(r,p,t)$ is the usual one-particle distribution function of a monatomic gas, normalised to the ...
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Reference about probability to study statistical mechanics

I've started studying statistical mechanics but I feel that I need to understand probability better. There are tons of books on probabilities out there, but some of them just talk too much, with tons ...
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Reference for Non-Hamiltonian treatment of Liouville's theorem

Does anyone know of any good books /lecture notes that include a section on Liouville's theorem with regard to non-Hamiltonian dynamics/systems, i.e. those with $\frac{d\rho}{dt} \neq 0$. Examples ...
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Number of particles in a box at thermal equalibrium

Consider a cube box of volume $V$ in thermal equilibrium at temperature $T$. We have 3 pieces of information: The probability of finding a particle of mass $m$ in the box having momentum in ...
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Is there any relation between temperature dependence of resistance and fermi energy in metals?

Given that the resistance varies linearly with temperature in metals, is there any way we can calculate the Fermi energy from this information?
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What happens in a gas of magnets?

This SMBC comic asks what happens if you make a gas of magnetic particles: I was wondering whether anyone has run into actual examples of this or something like it. A classical example similar to ...
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Landau's derivation of the law of entropy increase - clarification

In Landau&Lifshitz V: Statistical Physics the following derivation of the law of increase of entropy is given. I need help understanding several crucial steps; I'll briefly summarize the notations ...
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What is the theoretical instantaneous temperature of a gas?

When we measure the temperature of a gas we typically integrate the molecular collisions and wind up with an 'average' temperature due to the sensor comprising a relatively large thermal mass. And ...
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Partition function: Number of states? Doesn't add up for ising

While trying to really understanding the partition function in statistical mechanics, I tried looking at it for a 2D ising model, as that's been helpful for me for all kinds of thermodynamic values. ...
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Definition of quantum microcanonical ensemble in Landau&Lifshitz

I'm reading the first chapters of Landau&Lifshitz 's [Statistical Physics][1] and I don't understand the definition of the quantum microcanonical ensemble. The microcanonical distribution for a ...
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What is quantum states of a gas? Is it the principle quantum no.?

When we write that the possible quantum states of a system are $S=1,2,3.\dots$, how is that related with the four quantum numbers, especially with the spin of a particle? Also according to BE ...
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Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium

Could you please confirm or say why I am wrong? Let us consider the steady state of the chemical reaction $A+B \leftrightarrow^{k_+}_{k_-} C$, with $k_+$ and $k_-$ the forward and backward rates. ...
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Number $g(T)$ of relativistic degrees of freedom as a function of temperature $T$

Let us consider the total number of relativistic degrees of freedom $g(T)$ for particle species in our universe: $$g(T)=\left(\sum_Bg_B\right)+\frac{7}{8}\left(\sum_Fg_F\right)$$ Where the sums are ...
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What is the use of Schwinger-Keldysh formalism?

In non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, there is this formidable formalism, called the Schwinger-Keldysh formalism. I have read about it, and I understand what it is. However, what I what to know ...
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Time evolution of the density of phase points for an ensemble

I want to calculate the time evolution of the density of phase points for an ensemble of N harmonic oscillators. However, I intended to do so without using the Liouville equation. Sure, I want to ...
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Is Boltzmann constant $k_B$ constant?

I heard in a lecture that Boltzmann constant $k_B$ is not constant in some special cases. Do you know the title of the article which contains this one? Do you think this idea is true?
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Debye-Huekel Theory and the continuum approximation

This question stems from a problem I was doing on the Debye-Hueckel theory. It says that the continuum approximation which underlies the Debye-Hueckel theory is valid provided that $\lambda_D \gg ...
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Why is the number of phonon modes in a solid restricted to a finite value?

Kittel's Thermal Physics (Amazon link) makes the statement: There is no limit to the number of possible electromagnetic modes in a cavity, but the number of elastic modes in a finite solid is ...
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Corrections to the Equipartitio theorem

Does anyone know why sometimes $E = \frac{3}{2}k_{b}T $ is written as $E = \pi k_{b}T$. Where does this come from?
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Understanding summations over microstates of a given function

I am struggling to understand how to sum over microstates in statistical mechanics. Consider an $N$-spin system where $N \gg 1$ and $\Gamma=\{n_i \}$ for $1 \leq i \leq N$ and each $n_i$ is equal ...
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Meaning of Strongly and Weakly Degenrate

In ideal Bose and Fermi gases we often use Either Strongly Degenerate Ideal Bose/Fermi or Weakly Degenerate Ideal Bose/Fermi gas. As far as I know mathematically if the fugacity $z=e^{\beta\mu}$ close ...
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Internal Energy of an ideal fermi Gas [closed]

The internal kinetic energy of an ideal fermi gas at temperature 0K is given by $$U=\frac{3}{5}NE_f$$ What conclusion can we draw from this statement.
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Does a vacuum, suddenly opened, become hotter than its surroundings?

Suppose you have an insulated container that is equipped with a valve to let air in. Initially the container is evacuated. You then quickly open the valve, allowing air to rush in. What is the ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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2 level atomic system interacting with Black body radiation. Relaxation time issue

I am studying the transient regime of a 2 level atomic system ($N_1,N_2$) interacting with a blackbody radiation from a source at constant temperature $T_{nr}$. The initial state of the atomic system ...
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Calculating the entropy of a monatomic ideal gas

I am looking at the start of the consider how to calculate the entropy of a monatomic ideal gas. We need to determine the number of microstates in $E \leq \mathcal{H}(\Gamma) \leq E+\Delta$. The ...
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What does a correlation function measure and how does it do this mathematically?

I would really appreciate if someone could explain. What does a correlation function like a density-density correlation function $$C_{nn}(\vec x_1, \vec x_2)= \langle n(\vec x_1) n(\vec x_2)\rangle$$ ...
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Why does this derivation of the dependence of free energy on pressure not work?

It is well known that the Gibbs Free Energy of a gas depends on the pressure via the following formula: $$G_m(p) = G^\circ_m + RT\ln{\frac{p}{p^{\circ}}}$$ Where $G_m$ is the molar gibbs free energy ...
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According to Liouville's theorem, why is the measure on an energy-surface different from the measure on the phase space in general

I recently read Khinchin's derivation of Liouville's theorem. I was able to follow the math for the most part, however I was hoping for an intuitive understanding about why the form of the measure on ...
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What is an expression/physical law that relates high frequency thermal fluctuations to gas pressure?

When a gas is compressed the 'ideal gas law' can predict what the increase in gas temperature will be. But that's just a mean temperature, right? At a quantum level the frequency of molecular ...
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Bose-Einstein phase transition and average number of part in state l

The explanation I have trouble understanding is this: The average number of particles $<n_l>$ on state $l$ is $$<n_l>=\frac{z}{e^{\beta \epsilon_l}-z}$$ where $z=e^{\beta \mu '}$ is the ...
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Why is most probable speed not equal to rms speed for an ideal gas?

The rms speed of ideal gas is $$\mathit{v_{rms}} = \sqrt{\dfrac{3RT}{M}}.$$ The most probable speed is the speed where $\dfrac{dP(\mathit {v})}{dv} =0$ where $P(\mathit{v})$ is the probability ...
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Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry

Consider a two-dimensional fluid flow, confined to a square, where the bottom is held at a higher temperature than the top. With appropriate choices of the parameters, this will form a single ...
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Is there an equivalent probability distribution for fermions and bosons to the expression for distinguishable particles

So the particle distribution of two particles is simply $$ P_{12}=P_1(r_1)P_2(r_2) $$ where $ P_{12}$ is simply the modulus of the total wavefunction squared and $ P_1 $ and $ P_2$ are the the ...
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Number of states of a simple system

I am trying working on a problem in which there are two energy states $E_{1}<E_{2}$, and three different (i.e. distinguishable) particles. I cannot decide if the order of the particles matters. ...
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Temperature in statistical mechanics and differentiating entropy

In statistical mechanics, the entropy of an isolated system with energy $E$ (with fixed volume $V$ and chemical composition $N$) is defined as $S(E) = k \log \Omega$, where $\Omega$ is the number of ...
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What exactly happens at the second-order phase transition of the 2D Toric code?

For a 2D Toric code specified by $$H = -J_s\sum_{s} \prod_{j\in s} \sigma^x_j - J_p\sum_{p} \prod_{j\in p} \sigma^z_p - h_x\sum_{l} \sigma^x_l - h_z\sum_{l} \sigma^z_l$$ where $s$ denotes stars, $p$ ...
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Difference between molecular dynamics and direct simulation Monte Carlo

I just started studying about rarefied gases and I came across the concepts of Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC); so here is my question: How are these two fields ...
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Show that, for two large systems in thermal contact, the number $\Omega^{0}(E^{0},E_1)$ can be expressed as a Gaussian in the variable $E_1$

This problem below is from the book "Statistical Mechanics" by Pathria. The author defined the number of microstates of a system with two subsystems exchanging energy as: $$\Omega_1(E_1) ...