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Chandrasekhar Limit [closed]

A white dwarf is essentially a degenerate electron gas, in which pressure of degenerate electrons supports gravitational pressure. As a simplified model of such an object, consider a spherical star of ...
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What is a 'height field'?

I encountered a few times the expression of 'height fields' in statistical physics, without ever reading a proper definition. My textbooks don't seem to talk about that, and googling it hasn't been ...
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Free energy a continuous function of temperature but may not be differentiable everywhere?

So according to my understanding, the free energy of the system should be a continuous function of temperature. This is because if the free energy is not continuous at temperature T, then at this ...
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Does the Bohr van Leeuwen Theorem also apply to ferromagnetism?

I know that the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem shows that there could be not consistent pure classical explanation of dia- and paramagnetism. Does the same theorem also rule out a consistent classical ...
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Duality between Euclidean time and finite temperature, QFT and quantum gravity, and AdS/CFT

The thoughts below have occurred to me, several years ago (since 200x), again and again, since I learn quantum field theory(QFT) and statistical mechanics, and later AdS/CFT. It is about the duality ...
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Fluctuation spectrum of lipid bilayer membranes

I am interestend in calculating the fluctuation spectrum of a thermally fluctuating 2d membane which is only subject to a surface tension $\sigma$. ($\mathcal{H}=\sigma\int\mathrm{d}A$) Depending in ...
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Is there a reasonable lower bound for free energy per site of the 2D Ising model in the presence of an external field?

Given the standard Ising partition function: $$Z(\theta ,h) = \sum\limits_{\bf{x}} {\exp \left\{ {\theta \sum\limits_{(i,j) \in E} {{x_i}{x_j}} + h\sum\limits_{i \in V} {{x_i}} } \right\}}, $$ is ...
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Cluster Expansion vs Cluster Decomposition

Are the cluster expansion (which we encounter in Statistical Physics), and cluster decomposition (in Quantum Field Theory) related to each other? (I have a reason to believe they are)
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What is an intuitive explantion for the fact that the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of energies is independent of mass?

If you take the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of velocities (which depends on the mass) and substitute $v=\sqrt{\frac{2E}{m}}$ you get the distribution for the energies, which turns out to be ...
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Moments of a Distribution via Laplace Transforms and Wick Rotations [closed]

On a mathematical level, the statistical mechanical partition function is just a Laplace transform of the microcanonical probability distribution, i.e. it's moment generating function. Understanding ...
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Can one stimulate emission of a photon with an energy different from the emitted photon?

Suppose I have a three-level system with $E_0$ the ground level, $E_1$ the intermediate and $E_2$ the upper level. In thermal equilibrium they will have a certain probability distribution according to ...
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Understanding the mean square displacement in molecular dynamics

In a Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation, the mean square displacement $\text{MSD}$ is given by $$\text{MSD}(\delta t) = \left\langle\left|\vec{r}(\delta t)-\vec{r}(0)\right|^2\right\rangle,$$ where ...
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Question on entropy

All of my textbooks mention, that entropy-change of all spontaneous physical, and chemical processes is positive, and that such processes need another condition to fulfill- decrease in the net ...
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Mathematically possible vs physically probable outcomes

A good buddy of mine and I have had a friendly debate about the origins of the current state of our universe (namely; Earth and life on Earth) and have fundamentally disagreed in our stances with ...
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Effusion of particles from one box to another - pressure calculation

Suppose we have a container divided into equal halves. Right half is fixed at temperature $T$, volume $\frac{V}{2}$. Initially it has pressure $P_0$, a hole of area $A$ is opened between them. I ...
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Can statistical mechanics be formulated generally in terms of phase space?

In many statistical mechanics books, notably Landau and Lifschitz' volume in the course on theoretical physics, the quantities central to statistical mechanics such as entropy are defined in terms of ...
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Connection between String theory and Statistical Physics

I would like to think via standard transitivity arguments that there should be a deep connection between String theory and Statistical Physics. Why? Statistical Physics $\rightarrow$ QFT 2d QFT ...
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Mean-field theory : variational approach versus self-consistency

I have a general question concerning mean-field approaches for condensed matter classical of quantum statistical mechanic systems. Does determining the mean-field by a variational approach always ...
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state on quantum statistics. 3 particles according to 3 distributions [closed]

consider a system of three identical particles, A B ,and C. Assume that each particle can be in one of three possible quantum states, 1,2 and 3. For the following statistics listed below, enumerate ...
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What would be non-ergodic physics processes?

As the title says, what would be non-ergodic processes that occur in statistical physics? Many textbooks do not really cover ergodicity really well so I ask this question. I can't suddenly remember ...
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Nontrivial critical exponents in exactly solvable models?

Are there any exactly solvable models in statistical mechanics that are known to have critical exponents different from those in mean-field theory, apart from the two-dimensional Ising model? I wonder ...
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Wilson's Renormalization Group and Lie's Third Theorem

If you think of a one-parameter group of transformations along a curve in the plane as a (Lie) group, and the tangent vector to the curve as a generator of the curve we can intuitively understand ...
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Calculating heat capacity from the equation of state

It is known that within thermodynamics alone, given the equation of the state of a system, one cannot explicitly determine the heat capacity. What is the mathematical reason for this? Intuitively, it ...
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Derivation of Higher-order correlation functions from definition

I'm trying to understand the definition of the n-th order correlation function. My aim is to translate the math into a numerical implementation in order to compute the correlation function $g^{(n)}$ ...
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Calculation of the differential of the entropy

In this review (for those who wants a precise reference see page 8 eq 21), the Author says that: \begin{equation*} S=-\sum_{i}P\left(i\right)\ln P\left(i\right) \end{equation*} and using the ...
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Coarse-graining on a second channel decreases mutual information?

Let $X_1,B_1,X_2,B_2$ and $Y_1,A_1,Y_2,A_2$ and $C_1$ and $C_2$ be binary random variables. Suppose: $I(X_2:B_2|C_2=0)+I(Y_2:A_2|C_2=1) \leq 1$. This can be thought of as a bound on the capacity ...
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Entropy is constant. How to express this equation in terms of pressure and density?

In hydrodynamics of an ideal, non-compressive flow we use 5 variables: pressure $p$, density $\rho$ and velocity field $\mathbf{v}$. So we need 5 equations. Landau's "Hydrodynamics" states that the ...
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Equation of state not linear in energy or system size [duplicate]

Which of these two equations of state are valid? $$S_1 = L_0 \gamma (\theta E/L_0)^{1/2} - L_0\gamma\left[\frac{1}{2} \left(\frac{L}{L_0}\right)^2 + \frac{L_0}{L} - \frac{3}{2}\right]$$ $$S_2 = L_0 ...
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Speed distribution in 1 dimension

In 3D, the maxwell velocity distribution is: $$f = \left(\frac{\alpha}{\pi} \right)^{\frac{3}{2}} e^{-\alpha v^2} d^3 \vec v$$ To get the speed distribution in 3D, we simply expand $d^3\vec v = 4\pi ...
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What's wrong with this simple derivation of energy flux in a photon gas?

In a photon gas, we know that pressure, $P$, and energy density, $u$, are related by: $$P=\frac{u}{3}$$ We also know from relativity that the momentum of a photon is $$p=\frac{E}{c}$$ Finally, the ...
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Reference for stochastic processes which helps moving from a basic level to a measure theory one

I'm looking for a reference (books, notes, lectures) which helps a physicist to understand the language of measure theory in the context of stochastic processes (in particular markov chains). I've ...
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state occupation rate $n_{i}=\frac{1}{e^{\beta (\varepsilon _{i}-\mu )}+{[1/-1/0]}}$ & density matrix $\rho _{m}=\frac{e^{-\frac{E_{m}}{kT}}}{Z(T)}$

Three kinds of distributions. The states occupation rates: F.D. $n_{i}=\frac{1}{e^{\beta (\varepsilon _{i}-\mu )}+1}$ B.E. $n_{i}=\frac{1}{e^{\beta (\varepsilon _{i}-\mu )}-1}$ Boltzmann ...
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How to load Bose-Einstein Condensates into an optical lattice?

In cold atom experiments, what techniques are used to load Bose-Einstein Condensates into an optical lattice??
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2d Ising model in CFT and statistical mechanics

When I recently started to read about conformal field theory, one of the basic examples there is the so called Ising model. It is characterized by certain specific collection of fields on the plane ...
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Partition function for composite systems

I want to understand the derivation of the partition function for two distinguishable non-interacting particles. Let the energy of particles $1$ and $2$ be $E_1$ and $E_2$ respectively. Setting ...
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Fluctuations in energy for macro and micro canonical ensembles

I was thinking about fluctuations in energy for a system in thermal equilibrium. I think that the Boltzmann distribution itself has an standard deviation approximately equal to the mean, as it is ...
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What does “an average over noise” mean in Zwanzig's book

This is a very specific question about Robert Zwanzig's book Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Specifically, what is he talking about in equation 1.25 on page 10 that he calls "an average over ...
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Minimum connectivity required for mean field to be a good approximation?

In spin models, it is known that mean field becomes a better approximation as the connectivity increases. My question is: Is there an estimate for the threshold connectivity (as a function of the ...
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Quantum entropy in term of density matrix

Why in von Neumann expression of quantum entropy we have trace of density matrix expression? Why don't off diagonal term play a role?
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Fluctuation-Dissipation theorems in an infinite quantum system

So for a quantum spin chain, one can easily prove via the partition function that you have a fluctuation-dissipation type relation between the magnetic susceptibility and the variance of the ...
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What is the phenomenological logic behind Fermi liquid theory

I am a super beginner when it comes to Solid State Physics and when wanting to learn more on the subject, I end up reading on Landau's Fermi liquid theory that supposedly justifies the quasi-free ...
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How can the microstates be measured with zero energy expenditure?

James P. Sethna. Statistical Mechanics. Exercise 5.2: What prevents a Maxwellian demon from using an atom in an unknown state to extract work? The demon must first measure which side of the ...
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Is temperature discrete

Because an object's temperature is inversely proportional to the wavelength of blackbody radiation which it emits, physicists have theorized the existence of Planck temperature at around $1.4×10^{32}$ ...
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Flory-Huggins ternary phase diagram with a neutral component

I am searching the literature for the Flory-Huggins phase diagram with the following components : polymer, solvent, and a third component that does not interact with the other components (just entropy ...
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Entropy and chemical potential of an ideal gas

I am reading Schroeder's book "Thermal Physics". One calculation in the text was not quite clear to me. The entropy of an ideal gas is given by the Sackur-Tetrode equation: $$ ...
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Classical and Semi-classical treatments of the ideal gas

In the semi-classical treatment of the ideal gas, we write the partition function for the system as $$Z = \frac{Z(1)^N}{N!}$$ where $Z(1)$ is the single particle partition function and $N$ is the ...
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Grand canonical partition functions for Bose-Einstein statistics vs. Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics

In Bose-Einstein statistics, the grand canonical partition function is $$\mathcal{Z}=1+e^{-\beta(\epsilon-\mu)}+e^{-2\beta(\epsilon-\mu)}+e^{-3\beta(\epsilon-\mu)}+\cdots$$ In Maxwell-Boltzmann ...
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Why are there gapless excitations in the anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model while the true ground state is a singlet?

The true ground state of the anti ferromagnetic quantum Heisenberg Model (nearest neighbor only)is known to be a singlet (I think this is Liebs theorem.) Since a singlet is invariant under rotations, ...
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I'm getting weird autocorrelations when simulating an Ising model below the critical temperature

So I'm simulating an Ising model using Monte Carlo and the Metropolis algorithm. After letting it reach equilibrium, I try to calculate the autocorrelation of the magnetization. As long as the system ...
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Intuitively, why does removing solutes cost $k_B T$ of free energy per molecule?

I can calculate that if you want to, for example, desalinate water, you will have to pay a free energy cost of $k_B T$ for each ion you remove. In other words, removing an ion from a volume of water ...