The study of large systems through coarse graining microscopic descriptions, providing a more detailed understanding of thermodynamics.

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Is there anything comparable to many-body localization in classical physics?

I've only just started looking into many-body localization, so this question may come off as a little vague. But my understanding is that it relates to how some quantum systems do not thermalize, as ...
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Telegraph process [on hold]

Wikipedia article on telegraph process This is all I know about telegraph process and want to calculate the mean and correlation. But I can't do it. Please help or suggest me some material.
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If Black holes are maximal entropy how can they evaporate?

According to Hawking/Bekenstein a black hole represents the highest amount of entropy for a given volume, (actually the entropy is related to the surface area of the black hole but the fact that they ...
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Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open?

An interesting question I was asked: Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open? Does that mean that entropy can decrease in such a system? Of course, I think there is ...
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Rugged Energy Landcapes (Free Energy vs Potential Energy Questions)

A spin glass has what is called a "rugged energy landscape." That is, when you cool down below a certain temperature, the system divides into many wells, all corresponding to slightly different ...
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Rogers-Ramanujan and integrable systems

I'd like to understand the underlying geometry of the Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction from the point of view of integrable systems (ideally Toda type theories). The generating function ...
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How do inverse of Kirchoff matrix of a polymer possess the information for its mobility?

In Normal Mode Analysis of polymers like proteins, I have seen that mobility (measures like root mean squared fluctuations) can be found from the eigen values and eigen vectors of inverse of Kirchoff ...
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Operator formalism in QFT in Euclidean space-time

In QFT there are two very useful general approaches to study quantum fields (on the Minkowski space-time): path integrals and operator formalism. Sometimes they give the same results, sometimes one ...
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Deriving Ideal Gas law from Hamiltonian Mechanics

I just don't understand the explanation in Wikipedia. Is there a nice & elegant way of arriving at the Ideal Gas Law from Hamilton's Equations?
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When does the Boltzmann distribution apply?

What are the requirements for a system to be described by the Boltzmann distribution in equilibrium? For example, should all the particles be identical? No attractors in the phase space? ...
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Construct recurrence relation for the temporal evolution of a Master equation

Say that we have a system evolving over discrete timesteps. The quantity we are interested is X and is given by a distribution $P_X$. This distribution is evolving temporally, and we have a ...
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Entropy for $N$ number of particles [closed]

If there are $N$ number of non-interacting and distinguishable particles which have either Energy $E_1$ or $E_2$ , then a. What will be the entropy $S(n)$ for such system? ($n$ is the number ...
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Extensiveness of entropy in classical microcanonical ensemble

In introducing microcanonical ensemble of classical statistical mechanics one pretty much starts by postulating that entropy of the system has the form $S(V,E) = k \log \Gamma(V,E)$, where $\Gamma$ ...
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A conceptual question related to statistical mechanics

Statistical mechanics allows us to consider an ensemble of systems, each of which consisting of only a single particle. Once we write the partition function for the system of one particle, we can ...
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Spread of gases in a room

I have had some thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, but I don't know much fluid mechanics. I am not sure how to model the spread of gases in a room in the case of a fire or some leaking vent. ...
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Why do Temperatures Equalize

I have some Oxygen at Temp A in one container and some Nitrogen at Temp B in another container. If I mix these two containers eventually both the Oxygen and Nitrogen will be at the same temperature. ...
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White noise in the Langevin model and it's autocorrelation function

I am having some trouble understanding and interpreting the noise term in the Langevin equation for a colloidal particle in a fluid. By the Langevin model, I mean the following model as the equation ...
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Two definitions of the density matrix?

There seems to be two different definitions of definitions of density matrices in Physics. In Quantum Information we define a the density matrix associated with a wave function $ | \psi \rangle$ as ...
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Can the second law of thermodynamics be violated in a small enough system if tried repeatedly enough?

Second law of thermodynamics is observed in the universe because statistics favors it, right? And in large enough system this statistical tendency becomes certainty. Does it also mean that negative ...
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Gross “temperature” of a globular cluster

Globular clusters can be very large, which means we can do statistics about the stars in them. And that means we can try matching their star-as-particle potential/kinetic energy distribution against ...
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Why use dimensionless heat capacity?

Perhaps this is blindly obvious, but in typical discussions of statistical mechanics (with, say, constant volume) one often finds that, rather than using the heat capacity $$ C_V = \frac{\partial ...
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How to interpret two distinguishable particles with N possible states?

NOTE: Please do not provide an answer to the questions. If I am incorrect, please explain why, and if I am correct, please try to further my understanding. I think that this is a constructive way to ...
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Calculation of charged sphere distribution near a wall in Cartesian coordinates

I am following a similar derivation as found in the beginning of this paper "Quantitative aspects of the growth of (charged) silica spheres" by A.P. Philipse. This paper calculates the growth of a ...
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Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
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A seemingly paradox for Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis (ETH)

ETH states that for a system, all of its eigenstates thermalize. To be more specific, consider an energy eigenstate of the full system $H|n\rangle=E_n|n\rangle$. If the full system is in this ...
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Is the equipartition theorem derivable from more basic principles [duplicate]

Is the equipartition theorem really a theorem and derivable from more basic assumptions or is it just a hypothesis. Some of the ways energy is partition is not to squared quantum numbers (e.g. ...
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What is the word describing the pairs: temperature and energy, chemical potential and particle number?

I keep forgetting the word describing the pairs of coupled quantities in stat. mech. e.g. inverse temperature $\beta$ and internal energy $E$ or chemical potential $\mu$ and particle number $N$. I ...
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Connection between statistical and quantum mechanics

I am aware of Gibbs measures, given the energy (Hamiltonian) of an arrangement, one can determine the frequency of the arrangement. Plug the energy level in the Boltzman equation and there you go. I ...
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Is the principle of indifference enough to derive the microcanonical ensemble?

The microcanonical ensemble is usual motivated solely by the principle of indifference. Textbooks usually say something along the lines of "If the only thing we know about a system is its total ...
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Gradient effects in continuum mechanics

What I have learned is that inhomogenous materials (materials with different material properties over space and time) can be treated by the homogenization technique ...
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Why does the Stefan-Boltzmann law work for power absorbed?

The setup is as follows: There is a body of emissivity $e$ and surface temperature $T$ whose surroundings have a temperature $T_s$ and may be assumed to be a black body. The body radiates at a ...
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Conservation of energy and realm of possibility

The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Based on this principle, you can safely conclude that any effect resulting from a cause must somehow keep all ...
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Hamiltonian or free energy corresponding to 2+1D Kuramoto-Sivashinsky model

I am trying to understand if the deterministic 2+1D Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation $$ \partial_t h = -\nu \nabla^2 h - K \nabla^4 h + \frac{\lambda}{2} (\nabla h)^2, $$ where $\nu$, $K$, $\lambda$ ...
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Intuition on Gibbs measures

I am (roughly) aware of the way Gibbs measures are used to solve physical systems (e.g. the Ising model). We can basically boil it down to pinpointing a Hamiltonian. My question is, consider a ...
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Application of the Mean Field Approximation for molecules

When I studied the Ising Model in a course on Statistical Physics one approach that was presented was to use the Mean Field Approximation. In the ocasion I've noticed that it is also called "molecular ...
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Why don't we observe spontaneous symmetry restoration in nature?

Why do we always observe spontaneous symmetry breaking in nature and not restoration? Does there exist some argument with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the entropy of the universe increasing? If ...
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Statistical mechanics - average particle energy, average kinetic energy

I'm looking at derivations for average particle energy giving $E=kT$: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/kinetic/bolapp.html And average particle kinetic energy giving $K_E=\dfrac{3}{2}kT$: ...
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Deriving the correlation function of a system interacting with a bath of harmonic oscillators

I'm working on the book Quantum Effects in Biology by Mohesni et all. My question is however not biology related, it is about a section on quantum master equations in the weak system-bath coupling ...
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How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p ...
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Manking sense of an entropy equal $k_B\frac{1}{2}\ln(2)$

In problems of impurities coupled with electrons in a conduction band, like the Kondo model, is common to represent the entropy contributed by the impurity, in terms of bits, i.e. in units of ...
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Why is entropy an extensive quantity?

If we have two identical isolated macroscopic systems both with energy $E$. The number of accessible states of each of them is $\Omega(E)$ and hence the entropy is $\ln\Omega(E)$. Now if we put them ...
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Decimation of a triangular lattice [closed]

Consider the network of spins shown below. The Hamiltonian is given by $$H = - \sum_{\langle i j k \rangle} [J \sigma_i \sigma_j \sigma_k + J_0]$$ with $J,J_o \geq 0$ and $\langle i j k \rangle$ ...
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What is melting / boiling from the statistical viewpoint?

Microscopically, solids are usually described as "completely ordered" and "strongly bound", liquids "somewhat ordered", and gases "unbound" and "disordered". Thermodynamics predicts that the ...
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How can we show that the BBGKY hierarchy is time symmetric?

I am trying to mathematically show that the BBGKY hierarchy for s particles is time symmetric by setting $t\rightarrow -t$. Using the Wikipedia notation for the s-particle we have $\frac{\partial ...
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How to deduce the modified Flory-Huggins equation in this form?

In the paper of "Solution Properties of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)" (M. Heskins and J. E. Guillet, Journal of Macromolecular Science: Part A - Chemistry, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pages 1441-1455, 1968), they ...
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Voltage homogeneity across cell membrane

During respiration, individual cells produce a relatively large potential difference ($\sim 100$ mV) between the inside and outside, using energy to pump $H^+$ out of the cell to the liquid ...
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Derivation for the most probable macrostate for distinguishable particles using lagrange's method of undetermined multipliers

We have an expression for $\Omega$ (occupation of each macrostate) in terms of $n_i$ (occupation numbers) . We want to find the $n_i$ which maximises $\Omega$. We now that ...
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Interpreting the Fourier transform of a Gibbs measure

Recall that a Gibbs measure gives a probability distribution on states $x$ of the form $$ p_X(x) = \frac{1}{Z(\beta)}\exp(-\beta E(x)) $$ As I understand, the function $E$ is interpreted as the ...
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What does 'fully excited' actuallly mean?

In statistical mechanics you often here the phrases such as 'when the degrees of freedom are fully excited then....'. An example would be the validity of the equipartition theorem. But what is the ...
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Cross-differentiation to derive the maxwell relation $\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial V}\right)_S = -\left(\frac{\partial P}{\partial S}\right)_V$ [closed]

How can I use $T=\left(\frac{\partial E}{\partial S}\right)_V$ and $P=-\left(\frac{\partial E}{\partial V}\right)_S$ to derive $$\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial V}\right)_S = -\left(\frac{\partial ...