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

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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 ...
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What is the minimum non-integer dimension for which the XY model shows a phase transition? (if well-defined)

I know that XY statistical model for $d=2$ doesn't show a regular phase transition , while the $3d$ has, I was wondering what is the behaviour for $2< d < 3$. If it is simpler one could ...
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What would happen if energy was conserved but phase space volume wasn't? (and vice-versa)

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the two conservation laws. As I understand, Liouville's result is a weaker condition: it relies merely on the particular form assumed by Hamilton's ...
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The Preference for Low Energy States

The idea that systems will achieve the lowest energy state they can because they are more "stable" is clear enough. My question is, what causes this tendency? I've researched the question and been ...
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Ising Hamiltonian for relativistic particles

An Ising system is described by the simple Hamiltonian: $$H = \sum\limits_{i} c_{1i} x_{i} + \sum\limits_{i,j} c_{2ij} x_i x_j \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,(1)$$ Here the $x_i$ are spins (+1 or -1 in units ...
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If particles can find themselves spontaneously arranged, isn't entropy actually decreasing? [duplicate]

Take a box of gas particles. At $t = 0$, the distribution of particles is homogeneous. There is a small probability that at $t = 1$, all particles go to the left side of the box. In this case, entropy ...
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What is the interface tension between ordered and disordered phases of the Potts model?

I read in these papers(1,2) the concept of interface tension. I can't understand its definition. I can hardly imagine there is some tension in a model. Any help will be appreciated.
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Mathematical proof of non-negative change of entropy $\Delta S\geq0$

I understand that we can prove that for any process that occurs in an isolated and closed system it must hold that $$\Delta S\geq0$$ via Clausius' theorem. My question is, how can I prove this in a ...
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Temperature of a small system

What is wrong if I define temperature of a small system (I mean, a system which has not a large number of particles) by $$1/T = dS/dE$$ ?
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Phase space in quantum mechanics and Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In my book about quantum mechanics they give a derivation that for one particle an area of $h$ in $2D$ phase space contains exactly one quantum mechanical state. In my book about statistical physics ...
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Independent systems and Lagrangians

Definition 1: The notion of independent systems has a precise meaning in probabilities. It states that the (joint) probability or finding the system ($S_1S_2$) in the configuration ($C_1C_2$) is ...
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Monte Carlo for Random Bond Ising ferromagnet

The set-up: Consider the Ising model on an $L \times L$ square lattice, where the coupling of each bond is chosen to be $+J$ (ferromagnetic) with probability $(1-p)$ and $-J$ (antiferromagnetic) with ...
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Microscopic picture of an inductor

I have a good understanding of how inductors behave in electrical circuits, and a somewhat rough-and-ready understanding of how this behaviour arises from Maxwell's equations. However, what I don't ...
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Calculating the change in entropy in a melting process

I have a homework question that I'm completely stumped on and need help solving it. I have a $50\, \mathrm{g}$ ice cube at $-15\, \mathrm{C}$ that is in a container of $200\, \mathrm{g}$ of water at ...
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Is there a way to obtain the classical partition function from the quantum partition function in the limit $h \rightarrow 0$?

One would like to motivate the classical partition function in the following way: in the limit that the spacing between the energies (generally on the order of $h$) becomes small relative to the ...
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Lambda transition data points of $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$

I'm looking to get some data on the lambda transition of $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$. I need the data points of the specific heat vs. temperature graph, if that makes sense.
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Number of particles in a microcanonical ensemble

Is it always assumed that, in a microcanonical ensemble, the number of particles is $N \gg 1$ ? If no, are all the theorems related to the microcanonical description true even if the number of ...
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Why does the Boltzmann factor $e^{-E/kT}$ seem to imply that lower energies are more likely?

I'm looking for an intuitive understanding of the factor $$e^{-E/kT}$$ so often discussed. If we interpret this as a kind of probability distribution of phase space, so that $$\rho(E) = ...
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Motivation for the Deformed Nekrasov Partition Function

I have recently been doing research on the AGT Correspondence between the Nekrasov Instanton Partition Function and Louiville Conformal Blocks (http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.3219). When looking at the ...
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Error in variance

I've been exploring techniques in statistical physics, specifically applying them to spin ices. I'm in the canonical ensemble. By using the fluctuation dissipation theorem you can extract useful ...
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Energy density of a quantum mechanical ensemble

How do we determine the energy density of a given system? I have seen that the density operator $$\rho~=~\frac{\exp(-\beta \hat{H})}{\text{tr}(\exp(-\beta \hat{H}))}.$$ What does this mean exactly ...
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Basic energy calculation for N identical spin system

We have a system that has N identical spins $n_i$, and each spin can be in state 1 or 0. The overall energy for the system is $\epsilon\sum_{i=1}^{N}n_i$. My understanding: There is only one ...
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Bose-Einstein condensate for general interacting systems

There is Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) for non-interacting boson systems. Can we prove the existence of BEC for interacting systems?
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Neutron scattering for a critical magnetic-ordering system : what about critical opalescence?

Liquid-gas transition critical point is believed to share the same universality class as the 3D Ising model. We know that the liquid-gas transition is characterized by a phenomenon called critical ...
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How can I find the temperature of this system?

A system was given a small amount of thermal energy dE, and its number of states G grew by 25%. How can I find the system temperature? The system contains gas particles, I know that $dE << ...
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Mean-field theory and spatial correlations in statistical physics

In statistical physics, mean-field theory (MFT) is often introduced by working out the Ising model and it's properties. From a spin model point of view, the mean-field approximation is given by ...