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

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Reaction coordinate as a function of atomic positions

I'm going over some (molecular dynamics) related literature - specifically the derivation of the Weighted Histogram Analysis Method (WHAM). As a quick backdrop WHAM is a method for stitching ...
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Classical blackbody radiation 'solution'

I never understood how the equipartition theorem was applied electromagnetic waves inside the metallic blackbody. As hyperphysics puts it ...
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Is there a formal definition of a macroscopic variable in statistical mechanics?

Intuitively it's easy to accept that the usual variables like temperature, internal energy, etc. are 'macroscopic', but does there exist a formal definition of a macroscopic variable? In other ...
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Renormalization Group and Ising with d=1 and D=1

I have a question about the results of RG on Ising model. I know it's possible to obtain two couple of relations $K'(K)$, $q(K')$ $K(K')$, $q(K)$ between the coupling costants. My problem arise ...
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Canonical partition of a boson gas

I have a 1D gas made of $N$ particles placed in a harmonic potential well, so the Hamiltonian is: $$ \mathcal H = \sum_{j=1}^N \left ( \frac{p_j^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2 x_j^2 \right )$$ The ...
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Partition function for multidimensional scaling energy

Let $D_{ij}$ a random matrix with i.i.d positive coefficients. One can take for instance $D_{ij}$ uniformly distributed in [0,1]. We consider the following energy function $H(x)$ defined for ...
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Is the “particle number” of “electrons” well defined in Wen's string-net theory of elementary particles?

According to professor Wen's string-net theory, electrons can be viewed as the elementary excitations of string-net objects. Just like the phonons and magnons are the elementary excitations of ...
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Drawing the RG flow diagram

In real-space renormalization group how does one find the complete RG flow exactly, (not schematically)? I understand it needs to be done on a computer. For example, I have the ising model on a ...
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Question about the derivation of an equation in full replica symmetry breaking solution

Using replica method and saddle point method, the free energy of a magnetic system can be expressed as $$-\beta[f]=\lim_{n\to0}\{\frac{-\beta^2J^2}{4n}\sum_{a\ne b}q_{\alpha\beta}^2-\frac{\beta ...
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The definition of Density of States

The density of states (DOS) is generally defined as $D(E)=\frac{d\Omega(E)}{dE}$, where $\Omega(E)$ is the number of states. But why DOS can also be defined using delta function, as ...
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Why is there a Global Minimum for the Morse Potential?

For Diatomic molecules, the Morse potential describes their potential energy as a function of separation distance between the two particles. My question is, what is the explanation of of the dip ...
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Why do we need different ensembles in statistical mechanics?

Why do we study these different ensembles, microcanonical, canonical, grand canonical ensemble ? Are they used for studying different physical system or scenarios?(e.g. in some system you can only ...
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How can dQ/T be interpreted as a system's level of disorder?

Long before statistical mechanics, entropy was introduced as: $dS = \frac{dQ}{T}$ At the time when entropy was introduced in this manner, was it known that entropy represents how "disordered" a ...
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Why is the free energy minimized by the Boltzmann distribution?

Can someone show me, without glossing over anything, why $F = E - TS$ is minimized when $p_i = e^{-U_i/k_bT}/\sum_ie^{-U_i/k_bT}$? I understand it conceptually, but am having difficulty showing it ...
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Spin Glass Transitions in Random Bond Ising Model (RBIM)

In brief, is there a list of spin glass transition properties for the RBIM on different lattices? Is there any know results about the relationships between these probabilities for a graph and its ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity PDF to CDF [closed]

I asked on Math.SE and was advised to try here instead. I need to draw from a Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution to initialise a molecular dynamics simulation. I have the PDF but I'm having ...
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ultrarelativistic gas

Consider the ideal ultrarelativistic gas Hamiltonian $\mathbf{H = }\sum_{i = 1}^N \mathbf{c |\vec{p_{i}}|}$, now if we let molecules to interact with a potential term like $\mathbf{d|\vec{q_{i}}|}$; ...
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Comments on entropy and the direction of time in Landau and Lifshitz's Statistical Mechanics

In Landau and Lifshitz's Stat Mech Volume I is the comment: However, despite this symmetry, quantum mechanics does in fact involve an important non-equivalence of the two directions of time. ...
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Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation: energy fluctuations in NVE ensemble

I'm writing my first MD simulation (ever) for liquid Argon. The code is up and running. I am supposed to do the calculations in the NVE ensemble. Having implemented a 4th order symplectic integrator ...
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Number of microstates of discretized paths

Let us consider a square grid, which has been rotated by 45deg. On this grid we define a path, the directed polymer, which starts at the origin ($t = 0$) and extends in the positive $t$-direction ...
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Deriving the Sommerfeld expansion by contour integration (Le Bellac p. 277)

In Le Bellac's statistical physics book he derives the Sommerfeld expansion by a contour integral. The idea is to expand integrals of the type $I(\beta)\equiv \int_{0}^{\infty}d\epsilon\, ...
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How to compute configurations (entropy) of a system?

If we have a system $X$ consisting of subsystems $X_1$ and $X_2$. We also know that $X_1$ and $X_2$ have eigenstates $H_1 = 1 \times 10^{20}$ and $H_2 = 1 \times 10 ^{22}$. Can we calculate the ...
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Exact Beta Functions in Statistical Mechanics

I'm looking for analytically solvable models in statistical mechanics (classical or quantum) or related areas such as solid state physics in which the beta function for a certain renormalization ...
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relation between first law of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics definition of entropy

From the definition of entropy as $S= - Tr (\rho\, ln \rho)$ one obtains that $S = \frac{\langle E \rangle}{T} + \log Z.$ The first law of thermodynamics has $dS = {dE \over T}$. Why is there no ...
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Any example of lower symmetry in high temperature phase than the low temperature phase?

All the phase transition cases I came across so far have this property: the lower temperature phase has lower symmetry than the higher temperature one. But it is nowhere explicitly said that, lower ...
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What is the physical meaning of this simplification to calculate the effective coupling constants for a Gaussian model with quartic interactions?

To calculate the effective coupling constants $u'_2(q)$ and $u'_4(q)$ of the effective Hamiltinian eq (4.9) of this paper $$ H' = -\frac{1}{2}\int\limits_q u'_2(q)\sigma'_q\sigma'_{-q} - ...
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Statistical Mechanic

One can define entropy as $$S=k\log{\omega(E)},$$ where $\omega(E)$ is the numbers of states with energy equal $E$; and the canonical partition function for a set of N particles is defined ...
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Partition function of a gas of $N$ identical classical particles

Partition function of a gas of $N$ identical classical particles is given by $$ Z~=~\frac {1}{N! h^{3N}} \int \exp[-\beta H(p_1.......p_n, x_1....x_n)]d^3p_1...d^3p_n,d^3x_1...d^3x_n $$ in this ...
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Semiflexible discrete polymer chain

Suppose we have a 2D polymer model described by a set of 2D vectors {$\mathbf{t}_i$} ($i=1,2,\dots N$) of length $a$. The energy of the polymer is given by: $$ ...
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Why is (von Neumann) entropy maximized for an ensemble in thermal equilibrium?

Consider a quantum system in thermal equilibrium with a heat bath. In determining the density operator of the system, the usual procedure is to maximize the von Neumann entropy subject to the ...
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Indicators on how even the heat is distributed?

I'm wondering if there are any good indicators on how even the heat is distributed on an object (for simplicity, a flat object maybe)? What are the possibly reasonable ways to maximize the evenness if ...
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For an isolated system, can the entropy decrease or increase?

In any sizable system, the number of equilibrium states are much, much greater then the number of non-equilibrium states. Since each accessible micro state is equally probably, it is overwhelmingly ...
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Why should the Fermi level of a n-doped semiconductor be below the one of a p-doped?

In a pn-junction, the difference in Fermi level between the p doped and the n doped regions causes the apparition of a built-in electric field at equilibrium. This electric field goes from the n to ...
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Constant pressure and temperature mixing of 2 different ideal gases - possible work and heat?

A simple question I hope... Initially, have two separate containers of 2 different ideal gases, 1.) N1, P, T, V1 and 2.) N2, P, T, V2. After mixing, the pressure and temperature are still P and T, ...
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Partition function for quantum harmonic oscillator

Hi guys I'm currently trying to solve a mock exam for an exam in a few days and am a bit confused by the solutions they gave us for this exercise: Exercise: A solid is composed of N atoms which ...
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Nonpertubative renormalization in quantum field theory versus statistical physics

I am trying to work my head around how renormalization works for quantum field theory. Most treatments cover perturbative renormalization theory and I am fine with this approach. But it is not the ...
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What are the differences between indistinguishable and identical?

What is the difference between indistinguishable particles and identical particles?
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Postulate of a-priori probabilities

In Statistical Mechanics, we often postulate that for an isolated system, the phase-space density of all accessible microstates (i.e all microstates consistent with the energy) is the same. This is ...
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Stat mech explanation for separation of one liquid from another in gravity?

If one mixes two distinct ideal gases above the Earth's surface, one with a higher molecular mass than the other, then at equilibrium, their number density gradients will be such that at low heights, ...
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Maximum Principle vs. Minimum Principle in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

Prigogine's Min. principle states that in steady-state non-equilibrium systems the entropy generation rate is at a minimum, i.e., a system will seek a steady-state that has min entropy generation. ...
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Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics?

Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics? Apart from perhaps thermodynamics?
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Is there a Lagrangian formulation of statistical mechanics?

In statistical mechanics, we usually think in terms of the Hamiltonian formalism. At a particular time $t$, the system is in a particular state, where "state" means the generalised coordinates and ...
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Can a first order phase transition have an order parameter?

Order parameter is used to describe second order phase transition. It seems that in some papers it is used in the first order phase transitions. Can first order phase transition have an order ...
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Are isolated many-particle quantum systems always in a pure state?

I am trying to understand pure and mixed states better. If I have N quantum particles in an isolated system. The many-particle state is a superposition of the product of single-particle states by the ...
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Any new texts directly on second law of thermodynamics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommendations for Statistical Mechanics book Is anyone aware of any recent text that summarises the research and arguments on second law of thermodynamics and also on ...
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Examples of systems with energy as an intensive variable

I need to consider a couple of examples of systems which have energies that are intensive variables - not extensive. I'be been thinking about this and I am not coming up with anything. My ...
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Calculate temperature of the earth through blackbody radiation

I don't understand the solutions to a problem about blackbody radiation and was wondering if anybody could help me out. Here is the question: The sun can be considered as a blackbody radiation ...
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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...
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Could temperature have been defined as $-\partial S/\partial U$?

When coming up with a definition of temperature, it's typical to start with an empirical definition that a system with a hotter temperature tends to lose heat to a system with a colder temperature. ...
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What are thermal energy distributions?

I am trying to understand the photoelectric-effect deeply. My teacher used the Planck's law and integrated it to deduce the Stefan-Boltzmann law. He somehow showed some quantum-physical ...