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Singularities across the critical isotherm in Landau's phenomenological theory of phase transition

Why don't we encounter any singularities when crossing the critical isotherm when $h \neq 0$ or $m\neq0$, where $h$ is the ordering field and $m$ is the order parameter.
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Simplifying a Vector Integral

This question has (long) remained unanswered on MSE. While reading the book - Theory and Applications of Boltzmann Transport Equation by Cercignani, I found this integral which I am unable to ...
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Meaning of the symmetrisation postulate in absence of a proper model

My question is on the use of the concept of indistinguishable particles (in quantum mechanics) in a very general context and in particular in statistical mechanics. I have made clear some of my ...
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Can one apply the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation to the exponential of the Laplacian?

Is there a generalization of the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation that transforms the exponential of the Laplacian into a Gaussian integral? Or can anyone suggest me how I can find the ...
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Is Kinetic Theory part of Statistical Mechanics?

Some years ago from now I've seem some basic details about what was then called "kinetic theory of gases" where the study of property of gases was made by statistical considerations about the momentum ...
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Susceptibilities and response functions

It is often confusing whether a susceptibility is the same as a response function, specially that often they are used interchangeably, in the context of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Very ...
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Statistical Mechanics deals with the same systems that Thermodynamics does?

Thermodynamics deals with "equilibrium states of macroscopic matter", that is, considering macroscopic systems there are states which can be characterized fully by a few number of measured degrees of ...
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Integration over angles (volume element change)

I'm trying to change from one volume element to another, as suggested in a problem 13.2 of Reif's Statistical and Thermal Physics. My volume element is currently: $d^3$$\nu$ And I'd like to change ...
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The unreasonable effectiveness of the partition function

In a first course on statistical mechanics the partition function is normally introduced as the normalisation for the probability of a particle being in a particular energy level. ...
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Drifting Maxwellian distribution for energy

Assume I have a drifting Maxwellian distribution with velocity $\vec{a}$, say, in the x-direction, so something like $$ f(\vec{v}) = n\left(\frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Degrees of freedom in a diatomic gas in 2-dimensions

Question: What is the specific heat capacity at constant volume of a two-dimensional diatomic ideal gas of N particles at room temperature? My answer: A diatomic gas can move in both directions, can ...
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$N>2$ gravitating masses can never reach equilibrium [closed]

If you have $N>2$ point masses, each attracted to each other by the force of gravity, how could you go about showing that they will never reach equilibrium?
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Violently shaking object

Would violently shaking something cause a temperature change? For example, if a container of water was shook violently enough; would it be possible to make it boil?
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Thermodynamics and Axioms and the like

Can thermodynamics and any important related information be expressed as a set of axioms with various 'rules of manipulation'?
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Entropy $S$ for canonical (NVT) and isobaric (NPT) ensemble

In case of non-isolates system (NVT or NPT ensemble), I learned I can calculate the entropy, $$S=-k_B\sum_jp_j\ln(p_j)$$ where $p_j$=probability at $j$ state. but I saw that the entropy is also ...
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Magnetic susceptibility in ising model as magnetization change

Let's say I have a standard 2D Ising model with $$ H(\sigma) = - \sum_{<i~j>}\sigma_i \sigma_j - h\sum_{j} \sigma_j $$ With the metropolis algorithm, I can compute various things like energy ...
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How to understand singularities in physics?

The question is probably two-folded and I will try not to make it too vague, but nonetheless the question remains general. First fold: In most physical laws, that we have analytic mathematical ...
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1D Ising model and degenerate states

I am studying the Ising model in 1D, in the absence of magnetic interaction but in presence of an external magnetic field. The Hamiltonian for an Ising chain with $n$ sites is hence described by $$H = ...
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Coset construction of Tricritical Ising CFT

In http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-5468/2008/03/P03010 the authors state that the Tricritical Ising Model (TIM) CFT can be obtained from a Wess Zumino Witten construction based in the coset ...
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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Spin correlation function identity

The correlation function G between two spins is usually defined as $$ G=\langle \sigma_a \sigma_b\rangle - \langle \sigma_a\rangle \langle\sigma_b\rangle $$ The $\sigma$ are the value of the spins ...
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Can I use the grand canonical ensemble for a photon gas?

I have been reading about photon gases at https://www2.chem.utah.edu/steele/doc/chem7040/chandlerch4.pdf. They do the analysis using a canonical ensemble. Since photon numbers are not conserved, I ...
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how will the distribution of the no. of particles be in a system ,(N,V,E) if N tends to infinity?

MB distribution is followed if there are N no. of non interacting and distinguishable particles. But if N tends to infinity why does the no. of micro states reduces? Is there any peak in the graph?
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Does spin degeneracy affect ideal Fermi gases in any way as T->Infinity?

In other words, given any system comprised of an ideal Fermi gas, in the high-temperature (classical) limit, are there any observable thermodynamic quantities (pressure, volume, energy, density, etc.) ...
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What is the gas entropy as a functional of a one-particle distribution function?

There are some discrepancies on how to introduce entropy in classical kinetic theory. In what follows $f(r,p,t)$ is the usual one-particle distribution function of a monatomic gas, normalised to the ...
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Reference about probability to study statistical mechanics

I've started studying statistical mechanics but I feel that I need to understand probability better. There are tons of books on probabilities out there, but some of them just talk too much, with tons ...
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Number of particles in a box at thermal equalibrium

Consider a cube box of volume $V$ in thermal equilibrium at temperature $T$. We have 3 pieces of information: The probability of finding a particle of mass $m$ in the box having momentum in ...
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Is there any relation between temperature dependence of resistance and fermi energy in metals?

Given that the resistance varies linearly with temperature in metals, is there any way we can calculate the Fermi energy from this information?
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What happens in a gas of magnets?

This SMBC comic asks what happens if you make a gas of magnetic particles: I was wondering whether anyone has run into actual examples of this or something like it. A classical example similar to ...
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Landau's derivation of the law of entropy increase - clarification

In Landau&Lifshitz V: Statistical Physics the following derivation of the law of increase of entropy is given. I need help understanding several crucial steps; I'll briefly summarize the notations ...
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What is the theoretical instantaneous temperature of a gas?

When we measure the temperature of a gas we typically integrate the molecular collisions and wind up with an 'average' temperature due to the sensor comprising a relatively large thermal mass. And ...
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Partition function: Number of states? Doesn't add up for ising

While trying to really understanding the partition function in statistical mechanics, I tried looking at it for a 2D ising model, as that's been helpful for me for all kinds of thermodynamic values. ...
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Definition of quantum microcanonical ensemble in Landau&Lifshitz

I'm reading the first chapters of Landau&Lifshitz 's [Statistical Physics][1] and I don't understand the definition of the quantum microcanonical ensemble. The microcanonical distribution for a ...
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What is quantum states of a gas? Is it the principle quantum no.?

When we write that the possible quantum states of a system are $S=1,2,3.\dots$, how is that related with the four quantum numbers, especially with the spin of a particle? Also according to BE ...
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Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium

Could you please confirm or say why I am wrong? Let us consider the steady state of the chemical reaction $A+B \leftrightarrow^{k_+}_{k_-} C$, with $k_+$ and $k_-$ the forward and backward rates. ...
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Number $g(T)$ of relativistic degrees of freedom as a function of temperature $T$

Let us consider the total number of relativistic degrees of freedom $g(T)$ for particle species in our universe: $$g(T)=\left(\sum_Bg_B\right)+\frac{7}{8}\left(\sum_Fg_F\right)$$ Where the sums are ...
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What is the use of Schwinger-Keldysh formalism?

In non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, there is this formidable formalism, called the Schwinger-Keldysh formalism. I have read about it, and I understand what it is. However, what I what to know ...
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Time evolution of the density of phase points for an ensemble

I want to calculate the time evolution of the density of phase points for an ensemble of N harmonic oscillators. However, I intended to do so without using the Liouville equation. Sure, I want to ...
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Is Boltzmann constant $k_B$ constant?

I heard in a lecture that Boltzmann constant $k_B$ is not constant in some special cases. Do you know the title of the article which contains this one? Do you think this idea is true?
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Debye-Huekel Theory and the continuum approximation

This question stems from a problem I was doing on the Debye-Hueckel theory. It says that the continuum approximation which underlies the Debye-Hueckel theory is valid provided that $\lambda_D \gg ...
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Why is the number of phonon modes in a solid restricted to a finite value?

Kittel's Thermal Physics (Amazon link) makes the statement: There is no limit to the number of possible electromagnetic modes in a cavity, but the number of elastic modes in a finite solid is ...
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Corrections to the Equipartitio theorem

Does anyone know why sometimes $E = \frac{3}{2}k_{b}T $ is written as $E = \pi k_{b}T$. Where does this come from?
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Understanding summations over microstates of a given function

I am struggling to understand how to sum over microstates in statistical mechanics. Consider an $N$-spin system where $N \gg 1$ and $\Gamma=\{n_i \}$ for $1 \leq i \leq N$ and each $n_i$ is equal ...
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Meaning of Strongly and Weakly Degenrate

In ideal Bose and Fermi gases we often use Either Strongly Degenerate Ideal Bose/Fermi or Weakly Degenerate Ideal Bose/Fermi gas. As far as I know mathematically if the fugacity $z=e^{\beta\mu}$ close ...
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Internal Energy of an ideal fermi Gas [closed]

The internal kinetic energy of an ideal fermi gas at temperature 0K is given by $$U=\frac{3}{5}NE_f$$ What conclusion can we draw from this statement.
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Does a vacuum, suddenly opened, become hotter than its surroundings?

Suppose you have an insulated container that is equipped with a valve to let air in. Initially the container is evacuated. You then quickly open the valve, allowing air to rush in. What is the ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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2 level atomic system interacting with Black body radiation. Relaxation time issue

I am studying the transient regime of a 2 level atomic system ($N_1,N_2$) interacting with a blackbody radiation from a source at constant temperature $T_{nr}$. The initial state of the atomic system ...
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Calculating the entropy of a monatomic ideal gas

I am looking at the start of the consider how to calculate the entropy of a monatomic ideal gas. We need to determine the number of microstates in $E \leq \mathcal{H}(\Gamma) \leq E+\Delta$. The ...
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What does a correlation function measure and how does it do this mathematically?

I would really appreciate if someone could explain. What does a correlation function like a density-density correlation function $$C_{nn}(\vec x_1, \vec x_2)= \langle n(\vec x_1) n(\vec x_2)\rangle$$ ...