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

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Phase diagram of SO(5) rotor model

It was originally a problem from Professor Eugene Demler's problem set. Consider an SO(5) rotor model: \begin{align}\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{\chi} ...
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Why is it often assumed that particles are found in energy eigenstates?

Energy eigenstates provide a convenient basis for solving quantum mechanics problems, but they are by no means the only allowable states. Yet it seems to me that particles/systems are assumed to be in ...
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Does time stand still at a phase transition?

For second order phase transition thermodynamic properties can be described in very general terms by their critical exponents. So at every transition the correlation length $\xi$ should diverge as ...
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Derivation of differential scattering cross-section

I'm trying to follow the derivation of the Boltzmann equation in my Theory of Heat script, but have a little trouble understanding the following: The cross-section $d\sigma$ is defined as: The amount ...
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Derivation of impact free Boltzmann equation

When deriving the impact-free boltzmann equation ( $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \cdot\frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{x}} + \vec{a} \cdot \frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{v}} = 0$) I have a ...
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Forward-scattering for a single impurity in an infinite system

I'm slightly confused with the following situation: Suppose you have an electron in a tight-binding model, and let's say we are in one dimension with $N$ lattice sites. Add to this a single ...
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The critical point of Bose-Hubbard model

The Hamiltonian of Bose-Hubbard model reads as $$H=-t\sum\limits_{<i,j>}b_i^{\dagger}b_j+h.c.+\frac{U}{2}\sum\limits_{i}n_i(n_i-1)-\mu\sum\limits_in_i$$. In the limit $t\ll U$, the ground ...
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Mathematics for Statistical Mechanics

I am studying Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics from a book that i am not sure who has written it, because of its cover is not present. There is a section that i can not understand: ...
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on Brownian motors

From this review on Brownian motors, there is such a statement without detailed explanation: (I think this statement is general enough so that one does not need to read the article) "Apart from ...
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A box with cooler and heater on opposite faces

Suppose there's a box with one face cold, and the opposite face hot. So when the air molecules hit the cooler face, it will transfer its momentum and energy to the wall, bouncing back with less ...
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Ising model observables

Is there a formula or equation relating $\langle E\rangle$ and $\langle M\rangle$ (average spin per site) and $\langle E^2\rangle$ to temperature $T$ for the square lattice Ising model at zero ...
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Impact of the noise distribution on Geometric Brownian motion

I have a problem which includes geometric Brownian motion, with either normally distributed or power-law-distributed noise, and I'm asking for some explanations and if possible references to read in ...
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Gibbs Paradox - why should the change in entropy be zero?

The Gibbs paradox deals with the fact that for an ideal gas with $N$ molecules in a volume $V$ seperated by a diaphragm into two subvolumes $V_1,V_2$ with $N_1,N_2$ particles in each subvolume, ...
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(Canonical) Partition function - what assumption is at work here?

The canonical partition function is defined as $$Z=\sum_{s}e^{-\beta E_s}$$ with the sum being over all states of the system. The way I saw this derived was by assuming that for each state, the ...
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Bose gas with $T = 0$ and $\mu < 0$

Is it possible to have a Bose gas with $T = 0$ and $\mu < 0$ ? I think that there is a problem, because all the states $k$ are such as $$\langle n_k \rangle = \dfrac{1}{e^{\beta \{\epsilon_k - ...
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what is the combined partition function of two similar but independent systems?

i was reading Runnels' paper on cayley tree where he has squared the partition function of a cyley tree to get that of two exactly similar trees. why square? why not add the two partition functions to ...
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Chemical potential of a Bose gas

In my course, there is this fact : In a Bose gas, the chemical potential $\mu$ must always be lower than the smaller level of energy $\epsilon_0$. I find this strange, because if we put a Bose ...
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Cauchy Problem for Boltzmann Equations

One of the first profound analysis about the solutions of the Boltzmann Equation was given by DiPerna and Lions in the late 1980s. You can find one of their main papers here: ...
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The Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) approximation of the collision integral

Bhatnagar, Gross and Krook (BGK) proposed a relaxation term for the collision integral $ Q$ as follows $$J = \frac{1}{\tau} (f^{eq} - f)$$ where $f^{eq}$ is the distribution at equilibrium. $Q$ has ...
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Density of states of a photon gas in volume V and temperature T

I have a question on the density of states for a photon gas: Suppose I have a photon gas in a box of volume $V$ at temperature $T$. If I enumerate the total number of states accessible to the system ...
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1 dimensional Ising model

How to solve the Ising model in 1D by low temperature, and high temperature expansion, and by change of variable method? Can you please give me some reference links?
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Clear up confusion about the meaning of entropy

So I though, and was told, that entropy is the amount of disorder in a system. Specifically the example of heat flow and it flows to maximize entropy. To me this seemed odd. This seemed more ordered ...
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Usefulness of SUSY models when it cannot exist at any non-zero temperature

Unlike other symmetries (like electroweak symmetry), SUSY is spontaneously broken at any non-zero temperature due to some variation of the fact that the boundary conditions on bosons and fermions in ...
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Second law of thermodynamics

I think this is a simple question. If I have that $E(L)=\tau L$ and we are told that $\tau=BTL$ would this mean that $E=BTL^2$ implies $dE=(2BTL)dL$ or should I sub $\tau$ straight into the second law ...
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Fermi-Dirac Statistics

In Fermi-Dirac statistics the probability of being in a certain energy state is $$f(E) = \left[1 + \exp\left(\frac{E-E_F}{k T}\right)\right]^{-1}$$ In the area that I'm looking at the texts always ...
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Bose–Einstein statistics exercise

I've a basic Bose–Einstein statistics exercise. I've tried to solve it in two ways, but each way gives a different result. We have $n$ identical bosons without interactions at temperature $T$. There ...
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Topological Phases and Confinement

I recently attended a talk in which the speaker defined a topological phase as "A phase which has a gap above the ground state for bulk excitations in the thermodynamic limit." I am interested in what ...
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error propagation and collision in ideal gas

When dealing with gas, a statistical approach is needed because For N particles, you have to solve 6N equations which cant be done analytically. To know our time step for numerical solving, you can ...
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Evolution of black holes ensemble

Background: I’ve read many times that arrow of time can be explained from extremely low entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang (http://preposterousuniverse.com/eternitytohere/faq.html). The argument ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

The short story is, that I have to calculate some transport coefficients, but using the the MB distribution as my distribution function. What I currently need to solve is: ${{\mathcal{L}}^{\,\left( ...
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Can a single molecule have a temperature?

A show on the weather channel said that as a water molecule ascends in the atmosphere it cools. Does it make sense to talk about the temperature of a single molecule?
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How to derive the expression for Bose-Einstein distribution variance?

Can anyone point me to a derivation of this expression? $n_s$ is the number of bosons in a state.
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From Fermi-Dirac to Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics

I have a little question I can't seem to find the answer to. It is as follows: When does Fermi-Dirac statistics reduce to Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics?
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How long would it take for a container in vacuum to leak half of its air? [closed]

Let's say I know the size of the container, size of the hole the air leaks through, pressure the air is under and temperature of the air if that helps anything. Is it possible to calculate this only ...
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Relevant operators in two dimensional O(n) models

The most general hamiltonian of a two dimensional $O(n)$ and $Z_2$ invariant statistical model can be written: $$ H=\int d^2 x \left[\frac{\nabla \mathbf{\phi}^2}{2} + \frac{m_0^2}{2}\mathbf{\phi}^2 ...
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Dependence of chemical potential to zero point of energy

The chemical potential is defined as: $$ \mu = -T\frac{\partial{S(N,V,E)}}{\partial{N}} $$ It seems to me that this is completely independent of where I put the reference point of energy, because only ...
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Sackur-Tetrode equation - clarification required - problem with units

I'm a 2nd year physics undergraduate and recently I've volunteered to give a short presentation on the Sackur-Tetrode equation derivation and its use at removing the Gibbs paradox. I've looked on the ...
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Precise statement of Mermin–Wagner theorem

Roughly speaking, Mermin-Wagner theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with sufficiently short-range interactions in dimensions ...
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Leap from photon gas energy distribution to black body radiation?

I remember considering in class in college, the case of a photon gas trapped in a d-dimensional box as a subject of interest, whose energy distribution, heat capacity, etc. should be calculated. ...
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Question about the proof that heat capacity goes to zero if temperature approaches $0K$

I don't completely understand the proof that is given for the claim that the heat capacity goes to zero, if the temperature approaches $0K$. They do it as follows, if $C_x$ is the heat capacity where ...
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What is the general statistical definition of temperature?

Temperature in an isolated system is defined as: $$\frac{1}{T} = -\frac{\partial{S(E,V,N)}}{\partial{E}} $$ But I wonder how one can generalize this to a random system. Or for instance to a point in ...
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Why does the cross derivative of the partition function disappear here?

They state that the chemical potential in a canonical ensemble is given by: $$\mu = -kT \frac{\partial{\ln Z(N,V,T)}}{\partial{N}} \tag{1}$$ But if I use the definition of chemical partial (which I ...
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Why is the temperature zero in the ground state?

This is probably a simple question: I see this claims in many books, but I can't figure a reason why this is true. So my question is why this claim is true: "If we know that the system is in the ...
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Why aren't the energies of two systems in thermal equilibrium fixed?

In the derivation of the Boltzmann distribution they consider a system $A$, enclosed by a diathermal wall in a heat reservoir $R$. Then they calculate the probability that the system $A$ is in an ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for transport equations

I have to calculate the transport coefficients for the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. But I'm not sure what distribution I have to use. As far as I know it should not be the MB distribution for ...
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Lattice model completely constrained by boundary data

I am dealing with a lattice model that has the peculiar property that if I specify all the spins on the boundary, by local conservation laws, the whole lattice configuration (throughout the whole ...
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NP-completeness of non-planar Ising model versus polynomial time eigenvalue algorithms

From the papers by Barahona and Istrail I understand that a combinatorial approach is followed to prove the NP-completeness of non-planar Ising models. Basic idea is non-planarity here. On the other ...
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How can I explicit the energy dependence of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution?

I'm having a bit of a problem figuring out the energy dependent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. According to my book (Ashcroft & Mermin) they write the velocity dependent distribution as: ...
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What is the derivation for the exponential energy relation and where does it apply?

Very often when people state a relaxation time $\tau_\text{kin-kin}, \tau_\text{rot-kin}$,, etc. they think of a context where the energy relaxation goes as $\propto\text e^{-t/\tau}$. Related is an ...
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Definition of the entropy

In physics, the word entropy has important physical implications as the amount of "disorder" of a system. In mathematics, a more abstract definition is used. The (Shannon) entropy of a variable $X$ is ...