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What is the physical meaning of a Partition Function in Statistical physics?

In many places in statistical physics we assume the partition function. To me the explanations after partition functions are most of the times clear but always wonder why a partition function and what ...
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Langevin Equation - Stochastic Differential Equation. What are the subtleties?

I am trying to find out the motion of a particle in 3D governed by the Langevin equation, numerically. Anyway, the Langevin equation is given by $$m \ddot{x} = -(6\pi a\nu) \dot{x} + F_b $$ where ...
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What is meant by the expression “Markovian dynamics”

I know what a Markov chain is but what does it mean in physics when I say that I assume Markovian dynamics? For example in Quantum Mechanics, I read that it means that the time evolution can be ...
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Dynamic coefficient of friction

Is there any way or equation or table to find dynamice coefficient of friction between Aluminum and asbestos or steel with asbestos in wear test at various temperature,pressure and velocity ?...
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Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: On the Validity of Kirchhoff's Law

Lately I've been researching about the black-body spectrum and the historical development of Planck's Law. I mainly wanted to understand a little bit more why many different objects (Stars, Hot ...
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Temperature increase during friction

There is pin made of Asbestos and two disc material Aluminum and steel in first experiment i used Aluminum disc with asbestos pin in wear test the disc is rotating and the asbestos was in frictional ...
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The different in wear test when using Aluminum and Steel disc in pin on disc apparatus

In wear test of pin on disc apparatus i found that mass loss of pin when i used Aluminum disc is higher than when i used Steel disc under the same conditions ,pressure, velocity and contact time can ...
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10 Harmonic Oscillators - Probability of finding one in state n=0 [on hold]

Given are 10 harmonic oscillators with a total energy of $E=2h\nu$. Note that the ground states are not included, since the calculations do not need them! e.g. $E_n= \hbar \omega (1/2 + n)\approx ...
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Is the MaxEnt “interpretation” of statistical mechanics the current mainstream approach?

I've only recently started studying statistical mechanics and I'm quite confused with the MaxEnt and anti-MaxEnt ideas. I'm looking for a concise answer, if it is possible, not really a description ...
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Difficulty in understanding Maxwell Boltzmann distribution in case on ions in a field

I learned that the velocity of molecules obey Maxwell Boltzmann (MB) distribution at a Temperature T. If I have ions of mass 'M' accelerated to 2eV in a specific region. As the ions are not ...
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Expected value of an operator in the microcanonical ensemble

I am following professor David Tong's lecture notes on Statistical Mechanics and on page 9 of this file http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/statphys/one.pdf he states that the expected value of an ...
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What is the relation between scattering amplitudes, fluctuations, response functions and correlations in macroscopic equilibrium systems?

In Kardar's book Statistical Physics of Fields, he mentions that that correlations at different length scales can be measured by scattering. If its electric correlations, you would scatter light and ...
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Is the $\mu VE$ ensemble possible to formulate?

I have recently learned about ensembles in statistical mechanics, and I've seen multiple applications and interpretations of the EVN (microcanonical), TVN (canonical), $\mu$VT (grand canonical) and ...
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Reference for mathematics of statistical mechanics

I'm looking for materials (books, articles, etc) which focus ONLY on the mathematics of statistical mechanics (as I have no background in physics). The materials may have some simple explanations or ...
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Is there a way to get the Bethe Roots, that belong to a given eigenvalue of the transfer matrix?

(Quantum) integrable systems, that belong to solutions to the Yang-Baxter-equation, are often solved by the (algebraic) Bethe Ansatz. Solutions to the Bethe-equations lead to the eigenvalues of the ...
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Laplace transform of partition function a general result or a mathematical result?

In the following derivation I am trying to show that the function $Z_C(\beta)$ is obtained from the function $Z_M(E)$ by Laplace transform. Let, \begin{equation} \frac{1}{Z_M}\frac{\partial ...
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How to conserve energy with electrical noise?

If a resistor experiences thermal noise, it will dissipate energy to the environment. But where does the resistor's energy come from? It seems that it will just lose energy until ran out.
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How is Liouville's theorem compatible with the Second Law?

The second law says that entropy can only increase, and entropy is proportional to phase space volume. But Liouville's theorem says that phase space volume is constant. Taken naively, this seems to ...
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The Liouville equation and the BBGKY hierarchy.

The Liouville equation of motion is written in terms of an $N$ particle distribution $f_N$. \begin{equation} \frac{\partial f_N}{\partial t}=\{H,f_N\} \end{equation} Where $\{\cdot ,\cdot \}$ is the ...
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Theoretical physics [closed]

Hi every one I am student who has a high interest in the Ising model. Please I have a question and I hope someone can help me
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Classical Statistical thermodynamics phase space and residue $h$

In classical statistical mechanics we have to divide the partition function by a factor of $1/h^n$. In almost every calculation of a real quantity this cancels out and is thought to be a remnant of ...
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How can we construct wavefunction using given density matrix? [closed]

I have recently learnt that for isolated systems, density matrix and the wavefunction have same information content. Given a density matrix for an isolated system, is it possible to reconstruct the ...
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Is there a local canonical ensemble partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas?

The grand canonical partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas is $$ Z_{\text{grand bos}} = \exp \left( \sum_{j=0}^{\infty} -\ln \left( 1-e^{\beta(\mu-\epsilon_j)} \right)g_j \right) $$ where $\beta$ ...
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Books that cover Mode-Coupling Theory

I am looking for a book that covers the schematic mode-coupling theory and that are not too arcane (i.e., recent book). Basically the only book so far on this I have come across is "nonequilibrium ...
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about Conservation laws and Correlation function

I'm reading a review paper by Gorden Baym-(http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/9789812793812_0002) In the second part, he raised that: According to conservation law $\frac{\partial ...
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Fermi energy on a “fermion pre-gas model”

I'm having serious trouble while trying to follow an example from Callen's "Thermodynamics and an introduction to Thermostatistics" regarding the definition of the Fermi energy. In said example one ...
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Why is the correlation of an observable and its derivative zero?

Why is the correlation of an observable and it's derivative zero? And why does this not only hold for $\langle A(t) \dot A(t) \rangle $ but also for $\langle A(0) \dot A(t) \rangle $ ? These averages ...
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Multiplicity vs Partition function

I'm a little confused between all the different notations for the multiplicity and partition function. They're not the same thing, are they? I know that entropy can be expressed as $ S = k \ln\Omega ...
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Adjoint Fokker-Plank operator

In Zwanzig's book "nonequilibrium statistical mechanics" he defines the Fokker-Plank equation for a probability distribution $f$ and with it an operator $D$: $${ \partial f(a,t) \over \partial t} = ...
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Does the ratio of thermal energy to planck's constant have physical significance?

I realized that I had never noticed that $\left[ \frac{\hbar}{k_B T} \right]=$ Time. At $T \approx 300 K$, we have $\frac{\hbar}{k_B T} \approx 10$ fs. What, if anything, does this quantity mean? Does ...
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Wick's theorem: Classical Version. Derivation question and what happens with odd moments? [closed]

I am trying to prove the classical version of Wick's theorem: For a set of random variables ${a_i}$, with covariance matrix $M$ and $\rho(\vec a)$ a Gaussian probabilitiy density: $$\langle a_j a_k ...
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Is there a Lagrangian that can lead to the Rayleigh-Jeans law?

Is there a way to derive the Rayleigh-Jean's law using classical statistical mechanics only? On the internet there is a common way to arrive at the equation by using concepts in electrodynamics. This ...
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What is the physical fundamentals of Pascal's law

Pascal's law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal's Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible ...
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Critical temperature and lattice size with the Wolff algorithm for 2d Ising model

When I run my implementation of the Wolff algorithm on the square Ising model at the theoretical critical temperature I get subcritical behaviour. The lattice primarily just oscillates between mostly ...
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What's the difference between the Fermi level and the electrochemical potential?

I was asked in a Thermostatistics test to compute the electrochemical potential $\mu(T)$ and the Fermi level $\epsilon_F$ for a system of non-interacting fermions, with two possible energetic states ...
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Why classical open system and Bose-Einstein condensate are not fundamentally the same?

The classical partition function for an open system is given as $$ Z_{\text{max}} = \sum_{N=0}^{\infty} \dfrac{h^{-N}}{N! } \prod_{j=1}^{N} \left( \sum_{i=0}^{\infty} e^{-\beta (E_{ij}-\mu)} g_{i} ...
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What does the particle to volume density physically mean for Bose-Eisenstein condensate?

The average number of particles $\langle N\rangle$ for a Bose-Eisenstein condensate in 3D is given as $$ \dfrac{\langle N\rangle}{V} = \dfrac{V^{-1}}{e^{\beta (0-\mu)}-1} + \int_{0}^{\infty} ...
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Good book for learning fluid statistics

I'm currently using Gray and Gubbins Theory of Molecular Fluids to learn about the statistical physics of fluids. It may be a fine reference text, but I'm not impressed with it as an introduction to ...
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Simpler derivation of sarkur-tetrode equation

Is there a reason the following derivation for the Sackur-Tetrode equation is not common? I am teaching a lower undergraduate level class and would like to derive it with simpler terms of only using ...
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What are the definitions of microstates and macrostates?

I have been looking up definitions for microstates and macrostates of a thermodynamic-system. I am looking for clear conditions for systems to be in the same macro- or microstate, but have had no ...
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Order parameter in Landau's theory for second order phase transition

Above is a screenshot of Kadanoff's review article "more is the same". The free energy in Landau's theory is very well known, but the highlighted sentence seems to be quite confusing. First of all, ...
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How photons get distributed in a system?

Let's say I'm in a room, and there are plenty of things in my room like carpet,mirrors,glass and other stuff.And I see there are shadow regions and fully bright regions, and I want to know how photons ...
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Relaxation time approximation in anisotropic potential scattering event

In relaxation time approximation (RTA) of Boltzmann transport theory, the relaxation time is calculated by $\frac{1}{\tau(\mathbf{k})}=\frac{2 \pi}{\hbar V}\sum_{\mathbf{k^{'}}} \delta ...
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Calculate pressure from partition function with separated volume geometric parameters?

How does one calculate the pressure from the partition function if it is specified in terms of three parameters defining the space of which the gas occupies, but all three parameters are not always ...
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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What is the physical meaning of the Lindblad operator?

I read the wikipedia article on the Lindblad operator, but I still don't understand what this operator is supposed to describe. I therefore considered setting up an example in order to get the idea. ...
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Is average kinetic energy equal to the total thermal energy of a gas?

"Average KE" as in this equation: $$K_{average} = \frac{3}{2} kT$$ Since potential energy in ideal gas model is eliminated, I guess this equation is also for the total thermal energy of a gas/a ...
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Exact expression for the coefficient in Bloch-Grüneisen (BG) formula?

In most representations of the BG formula, there is a coefficient (usually left vague as an experimental parameter, but sometimes written out "analytically") in front of the integral: $$\rho=\rho_0 +A ...
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Drag force acting on a disk in a 2D system

I have a 2-dimensional system with behavior governed by Langevin dynamics in which disks (circles) move through a fluid. In the Langevin equation, there is a velocity-dependent term that accounts for ...
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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 ...