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

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Efficiency larger than one?

The efficiency of a heat engine is the work we can do divided by the heat we take out of the hot reservoir. This quantity is always $ \le 1$. The efficiency of a heat pump is the heat we can release ...
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Is Boltzmann distribution contradicting with the fundamental assumption of statistical thermodynamics?

In equilibrium statistical physics the fundamental assumption of statistical thermodynamics states that the occupation of any microstate is equally probable (i.e. $p_i=1/\Omega, S=-k_B\sum p_i\,{\rm ...
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Why don't we have particles whose wavefunctions are symmetric wrt one exchange operator and anti-symmetric wrt other exchange operator?

Consider a system with $n$ identical particles. Let the wavefunction of the system be $\psi(r_1,\ldots, r_2)$. Let $P_{a,b}$ represent the exchange operator which exchanges particle $a$ with particle $...
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Physical meaning of RG transformation

When we do RG transformation in Statistical mechanics we eliminate unnecessary degrees of freedom and it leads us to the fixed point. How can I visualize it physically?
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How to derive the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook collision integral from Boltzmann one?

Let's have Boltzmann collision integral: $$ I_{coll} =\int d \sigma d^{3}\mathbf p_{1}(ff_{1} - f{'}f{'}_{1})|\mathbf v_{rel}|.\tag{1}\label{1} $$ How to transform $\eqref{1}$ to BGK collision ...
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Free bosons with an attractive/repulsive defect

Consider a system of non-interacting bosons hopping in a qubic lattice in 2D or 3D. A single site of the lattice is an attractive/repulsive defect. Formally, let $H=-t\sum_{<i,j>}(a_i^\dagger ...
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Why are large scale structures isotropic in the Ising model?

I have at least a qualitative understanding of why the critical state of the Ising model is scale invariant, by arguments to do with renormalisation, which I understand only very roughly. However, in ...
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How is energy transferred in Joules law of heating?

Joule's law of heating states that an accelerated electron loses its energy, which is then converted into heat energy, by colliding with vibrating atom i.e ions in their lattice site. but we know atom ...
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Canonical Distribution (Partition Function)

For the canonical distribution $$ w_{n}=e^{(F-E_{n})/T}, $$ is the sum $$ Z=\sum_{n}e^{E_{n}/T} $$ a sum over energies or a sum over states? Perhaps this is a silly question, but Landau and Lifshitz ...
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Ising model 2-dimensional - ground state configuration

I have to prove something about the 2-dimensional ising model. The problem is the following: Prove that every nearest-neighbour and next-nearest-neighbour interaction on the square lattice $\mathbb{Z}...
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Simulating Phase Space Evolution

I am interested in modeling the time evolution of phase-space $\rho(\vec{q},\vec{p},t)$. I have attempted to use Liouville's theorem $\partial_t\rho=-\sum_{i=1}^{3}(\partial_{q_i}\rho)\dot q_i+(\...
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Why is molar specific heat at constant volume of a monatomic ideal gas a constant?

I thought specific heat varies depending on the substance. Why is it always $(3/2) R$?
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Applying Statistical Mechanics to Formulate Corrosion (Rusting)

I wanted to try and take my current knowledge of statistical mechanics (first quarter undergraduate course completed, beginning researcher in far from equilibrium statistical mechanics, basic ...
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Periodic ground state 1-dim ising model

Good evening! I'm at the beginning of my study about the Ising model and it has been proposed to me this problem: Find all periodic ground-state configuration for the following one-dimensional Ising ...
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How can one approximate integral def. of Z by the max value of the integrand?

I am taking a course in statistical physics, and while reviewing my notes from the lectures I came across something that I cannot get my head around. We arrive at an integral expression for the ...
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Subtraction In Quadrature?

I have a system of particles (electrons) with an initial RMS energy spread (say "1"). It goes through a section of constant magnetic field (bend magnet) and the electrons radiate. The electrons lose ...
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Change in entropy adiabatic expansion

I think that an adiabatic expansion of a gas should cause the entropy to increase. On the other hand we have for adiabatic processes that $dQ = 0$ and therefore $dS= 0$, which is why I thought that ...
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Change in energy ideal gas

I am supposed to calculate the change in energy upon changing both the temperature from $T_1$ to $T_2$ and the volume from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Now I was wondering whether this solution is correct: We ...
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From Quantum Mechanics to Statistical Mechanics in a Specific Case

I'd like to know how to get to statistical mechanics from the many-particle Schrodinger equation using a specific example, without using any Hamiltonian mechanics, phase spaces or ensembles, as a ...
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Does QM needs refinement?

Suppose atoms of an ideal gas are represented by non overlapping wave function so that the system can be described classically. As time passes the packets spread. Therefore over a period of time we ...
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First law of thermodynamics [closed]

In the first law of thermodynamics, we learned that $W$ and $Q$ are path-dependent quantities, but how are $Q$ and $W$ defined? I mean $W = \int_{\gamma} p(s) ds$ would be one possibility, where $\...
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Independent boson model with an arbitrary finite-dimensional impurity

The independent boson model consists of the following Hamiltonian: $$ H_s = E \sigma^z $$ $$ H_b = \sum_k \omega_k b^{\dagger}_kb_k $$ $$H_{sb} = \sigma^z \sum_k (g_k b_k + g_k^{\ast}b^{\dagger}_k).$$ ...
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Debye Model Density of States In One Dimension

I am trying to obtain the Density of states of the Debye model in one dimension I know the answer I am prepping for an exam and I am a bit stuck: The answer is: $\frac{L}{\pi*c_s}$ where $c_s$ is ...
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What is the density operator for an isothermal–isobaric ensemble (T,p,N)?

In the microcanonical ensemble $(E,V,N)$, the density operator is $$\hat{\rho}=\frac{\delta(\hat{H}-E\,\hat{I})}{Tr(\delta(\hat{H}-E\,\hat{I}))}$$ Where $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian of the system and ...
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A simple experiment and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

Consider two containers separated by a removable wall, each side of which is a perfect mirror for the gas in the respective container. Also the walls of the containers are ideal mirrors. In each ...
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chemical potential in BEC decreases in temperature

For a bose gas we can calculate the average number of particles through $$N = \int_0^\infty \rho(\varepsilon)n(\varepsilon) d\varepsilon$$ where $\rho(\varepsilon)$ is the particle density for energy $...
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Exorcism of Maxwell's Demon

I am possessed! Yes, with the thinking that if there is actually a Maxwell's Demon, then it would open the negligible weighted door which would ultimately make the second law invalid. But really can ...
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How does the movement of molecules change at the edge of a liquid?

I am thinking about how the velocity of molecules measured from a small region of space might change as the region of inquiry moves closer to the edge of a container. Ultimately I am thinking about MR ...
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What does Born Green equation signify physically?

What does Born Green equation obtained from YBG hierarchy for the equilibrium particle densities signify? I mean how can you model the equation into a physical problem?I understood the steps involved ...
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What it means to integrate over $n$ variables out of $N$, where $N>n$?

I was reading Theory of Simple Liquids, when I came across BBGKY hierarchy. In deriving the expression for the hierarchy, they integrate an integration of N variables over N-n variables to make the ...
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Maxwell's Inspiration to think about fields

I was looking at a Wikipedia article which had the following statement Atomists, notably James Clerk Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann, applied [...]. In modern literature Maxwell is often thought ...
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Calculate Helmholtz Free Energy with Entropy, Work given [closed]

it's my first time here and I hope the post complies with the general rules. My problem originates here: I'm doing a statistical physics task which unfortunately leaves me clueless atm. I keep my ...
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How velocity dispersion changes with change of inertial frame

I'm analysing a bunch of simulated galaxies, and one of the properties I'm looking at is their velocity dispersion (which is the same thing as the standard deviation of their speeds as far as I know). ...
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Derivation of ensemble distribution

I heard that you can derive the canonical ensemble by maximizing $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha (\sum_i p_iE_i-E)$ or for the grand-canonical ensemble $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha (\...
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How did Planck use the concept of statistical entropy in trying to understand the meaning of his own law?

I was reading Introducing Quantum Theory: A graphic guide (by J.P.McEvoy & Oscar Zarate) and came across Planck's predicament of understanding his very own law that accurately explained the ...
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Examples of systems with linear response behavior

I've checking the linear response theory and there are 3 fundamental assumptions. 1) Linearity of the response of the system to an external excitation, 2) Stationary response function: $\chi(t,t')=\...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics follow from low entropy of early universe?

One of the explanations of the second law of thermodynamics is that it goes back to the low entropy in the early universe (How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical mechanics?)...
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Equivalent tensor order parameters of nematic liquid crystals?

I found in the literatures two different definitions of the tensor order parameter of nematic liquid crystals. One is $$ Q_{ij}=\frac{S}{2}(3n_{i}n_{j}-\delta_{ij}), $$ where $S$ is the scalar order ...
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How did Rayleigh and Jeans apply the Equipartition of Energy in determining the energy distribution of blackbody - radiation? [duplicate]

I am reading the Ultraviolet Catastrophe and have come across this law. Here , it is written They applied the statistical physics method to the waves by analogy with Maxwell's gas particles using ...
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Relationship between Liouvile's theorem and Diffusion equation

Consider a Hamiltonian system. According to the Liouville's theorem there exists a probability density function $\rho(q^a,p_a,t)$ in the phase space whose evolution is given by $$ \frac{\partial \rho }...
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Defintion of temperature without thermal equilibrium condition

Is temperature only defined in thermal equilibrium? Then how can we explain heat flow by temperature differences?
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Statistical physics and momentum conservation

In statistical physics one usually looks at energy as a conserved quantity and e.g. in the canonical ensemble assumes a constant average energy of the ensemble. Now why don't we usually do this for ...
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Relation between Curie temperature and exchange interaction's constant $J_\text{ex}$

I'm running a Monte Carlo simulation on a generic magnetic nanotube. In my results, I found out that the relation between the Curie temperature (that is, the temperature by which a ferromagnetic ...
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Interpretation of partition function and thermodynamic potential

So in the microcanonical ensemble the partition function $\Omega$ counts the number of microstates for a given $(NVE)$ configuaration and $S = k_B \ln (\Omega)$ is the entropy. The most likely state ...
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$E=kT$ or $\frac32kT$?

Basically, which is the correct formula for thermal energy, and is this the same as kinetic energy? My notes are pretty conflicting on this topic, and I'm getting pretty confused.
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Is entropy related to Poincare recurrence time?

One of the ideas involved in the concept of entropy is that nature tends from order to disorder in isolated systems. But we even know that Poincare recurrence time also is a particular time after ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution - find error in derivation

I have a derivation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution: Consider a gas consisting of only one type of molecules, which is in an equilibrium with a heat reservoire of temperature T. Since ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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Chemical potential related with quantum and classical limit in ideal gas

For ideal gas we have chemical potential $\mu = \tau \ln \left(\frac{n}{n_Q}\right) $ where $n = N/V$ number density and $n_Q = \left(\frac{M\tau}{2\pi \hbar^2}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}} $ Note we call ...
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The relationship between the two statistical mechanical definitions of entropy

It seems like similar questions have been asked here; hopefully my question is not a duplicate. I am reading my textbook on the statistical mechanical definitions of entropy, and I am very confused ...