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Changing the zero-point energy

I have the following Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}(\{x_i,y_i \})=-l\sqrt{2}\sum_{i=1}^N \mathbf{f}_i \cdot \hat{\mathbf{b}}_i+E_0$$ For calculating things like the partition function it would be ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Find the fraction of atoms in specific quantum state in stellar atmosphere [on hold]

Consider gas consisting of hydrogen atoms at temperature about $T \sim 5 \cdot 10^6 \text{ K} \approx 431 \text{ eV}$ and concentration $N \sim 10^{11} \text{ cm}^{-3}$. I need to find the fraction of ...
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Why is the partition function divided by $(h^{3N} N!)$?

When computing partition functions for classical systems with $N$ with a given Hamiltonian $H$ I've seen some places writing it as $$Z = \dfrac{1}{h^{3N} N!}\int e^{-\beta H(p,q)}dpdq$$ where the ...
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Magnetic moment of a paramagnetic crystal

I've been having some trouble with a paramagnetism problem from my Statistical Mechanics class textbook (F. Mandl, Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, p. 25). The problem is as follows Since the ...
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Thermal Equilibrium of two thin sheets

While reading Gibbs' Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics I came across this footnote: The most simple test of the equality of temperature of two bodies is that they remain in ...
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Calculating average quantities in kinetic theory

Consider a volume $V$ with $5$ particles each of mass $m$ at positions $\mathbf{q}_i=(x_i,y_i,z_i) \in V$ and with velocities $\mathbf{v}_i=(u_i,v_i,w_i)$. The speeds of the particles are between $0$ ...
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The physical applications of anomalous diffusion? [closed]

From Einstein's Great work, Avogadro number was determined from Brownian motion. Diffusion coefficient obtained from MSD can be useful. I wonder what is so great about Brownian motion, is there any ...
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Books on Liouville Operator

I am looking for a good book doing classical mechanics and statistical mechanics in terms of the Liouville operator. I have not found a lot on this subject and even books like Mathematical Methods of ...
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Statistical Mechanics vs Statistics

Just how much of a representation of statistics do we get in a statistical mechanics curriculum. What are some of the useful facets of stat not in stat mech/quantum mech that physicists should really ...
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Mean field theory Weiss Approximation for the Isling Model of a Protein

A model for protein in 2D can be formed by adding bonds of fixed length $l\sqrt{2}$ on a square lattice along the diagonal, ie $\hat{\mathbf{b}}_i=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\pm \hat{\mathbf{x}}\pm ...
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Classifying regions of Van der Waal like gas

Given the equation of state $$p+a\left(\frac{N}{V}\right)=\frac{Nk_BT}{V-bN} \tag 1$$ Taking into account of the fact that a realistic model requires $p \geq 0, V \geq Nb, N>0$ classify the ...
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Derivation for the expectation value of particle density for a pairwise interactions between particles

my question is why is $<\hat{n}(\vec{r})>=n$ I have the Hamiltonian $H_N= \sum_{i}^{N} \frac{P_i^2}{2m}+U(\vec{R_1},\vec{R_2},..,\vec{R_N})$ where $U(\vec{R_1},\vec{R_2},..,\vec{R_N})= ...
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How do you go from a sum over frequencies to an integral?

I am trying to figure out how to go, with help of a density of states function $g(\omega)$, from a sum like this $$K=\sum \limits_{j=0}^N f(\omega_j)$$ to an integral over the frequencies for $N \to ...
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Meaning of solutions of an equation of state [closed]

Question Let $p \geq 0, V \geq Nb, N > 0$. Now we are given the equation of state $$p+a\left(\frac{N}{V}\right)=\frac{Nk_BT}{V-b} \tag 1$$ Classify the solutions of the equation of ...
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Problem with indistinguishability in partition function

Consider an ideal gas of classical particles of mass $m$ in uniform potential $\xi$ in 3d. The gas $N$ molecules, volume $V$ and is at temperature $T$. I believe that the Hamiltonian of this system is ...
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Deriving pressure from a given partition function

If the partition function for some system is given as $e^{\text{$\alpha $T}^3V}$; please note note that $\alpha$ is a constant. I have computed $$\left[\frac{\text{$\delta $Z}}{\text{$\delta ...
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bridging the connection from the Helmholtz free energy in classical thermo to stat mech

The Helmholtz-free energy from classical thermo is defined as $$\text{F=u-TS}$$ taking the differential and algebraic manipulation, we arrive at $$\text{dF=-pdv-sdT}$$ Observe that: ...
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Strange Vector Matrix Operation

I am reading "A Modern Course in Statistical Mechanics" by Linda E. Reichl. Where i encountered this notation: $$\Delta S = \bar g : \vec \alpha \vec \alpha$$ Here $\bar g$ is $$ g_{i,j}=-{ ...
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What is the definition of 'relative population' in context of partition function?

In statistical mechanics, what is the definition (or mathematical definition) when authors refer to relative population in the case of a classical particle system?
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is it necessarily true that the partition function $Z$ (with degeneracies) $ =1$?

The partition function with degnerate energies is $$\text{Z}=\sum _ig_ie^{{-E_i}/{k_BT}}.$$ Because the partition function Z is defined as the normalisation constant, does Z always = 1?
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The energy contribution of a frequency at finite temperature

This is from a paper I'm reading: Since each frequency contributes $\hbar \omega/2$ of energy (or at finite temperature, $\hbar \omega /2 \coth(\hbar\omega/2kT)$), we can find the energies for the ...
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How do we find the phase space density from the Hamiltonian?

How do we find the phase space density from the Hamiltonian? For example: Consider a classical gas made of N identical non-interacting particles in 1d. Each molecule is characterised by centre mass ...
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The grand partition function of non interacting hamiltonians

In the case of non interacting particles I know we can write the Hamiltonian as $$H(\mathbf{q}_1,\dots,\mathbf{p}_1,\dots)=\sum_{i=1}^N h(\mathbf{q}_i,\mathbf{p}_i)$$ but I am having trouble ...
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Finding the phase space density of $N$ harmonic oscillators

Consider a system of $N$ identical harmonic oscillators in 1d. The Hamiltonian will be given by $$\mathcal{H}_N=\sum_{i=1}^N \frac{p_i^2}{2m}+\frac{m\omega^2}{2}q_i^2$$ Now supposedly the Hamiltonian ...
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Are there any units involved in the partition function for a classical particle system?

Is the output of a partition function dimensionless or are there units involved? The question as it is: $$E_1\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=1}$$ $$E_2\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=3}$$ $$E_3\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=5}$$ ...
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What happens to the planck distribution if the temperature is set to zero?

BE Problem I am currently working on modelling the density of states and optical conductivity of graphene utilizing the GW algorithm. In calculating the exchange self energy of the system, the ...
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Phase correlation between an excited and ground state in a BEC

What happens to the phase of the atom that gets kicked out of the atomic condensate? Is it completely random or does it have some correlation with the condensate phase?
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Topological entanglement entropy in transverse quantum Ising model?

I have seen from literature that the $Z_2$ lattice gauge theory in 2d could be mapped into a quantum Ising model with gauge constraints on the Hilbert space by dual transformation. The deconfined ...
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Conceptual explanation of the Single particle partition function

The Single particle partition function is defined mathematically as $$\text{Z=$\sum $}g_ie^{\left(\frac{-E_i}{K_BT}\right)}$$ But what is the physical interpretation of the partition function and ...
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How can I compute the average number of collisions of a particle in a spherical container? [closed]

I have to compute the average number of collisions per unit time of a particle in a spherical container. These collisions are diffuse, i.e., after colliding, the particle bounces off the inner walls ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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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 ...