# Tagged Questions

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

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### Link Between the Density Operator and the Partition Function and Boltzmann Distribution in Quantum Statistical Mechanics

I have a very limited knowledge of statistical mechanics, but I seem to running into some related concepts for my background readings for the research project this summer. For example, see the ...
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### Could you filter coffee back to being pure water?

Okay, so coffee filters remove solid matter from the beverage, whilst leaving the remaining coffee intact for caffeiney goodness. But it's got me thinking. Is there a way we could filter the coffee ...
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### Why would a Boltzmann brain be transient?

The Boltzmann brain idea as I understand it: suppose the universe has an infinite lifetime. Once heat death is achieved, there are no more large-scale structures to the universe -- everything is just ...
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### What does $f(v)d^3v$ mean?

I am reading the derivation of Langmuir's Evaporation Equation. The author writes: That cylinder contains a volume $dA(vdt)cosθ$ and contains vapor molecules of the designated speed in the ...
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### Density of States for a separable hamiltonian

There are $N$ non interacting electrons in a potential well: \begin{align} H&= -{1 \over 2 } \nabla^2 + U(x,y,z) \\ U(x,y,z)&={1\over2}\omega^2z^2 \; \mbox{for} \; (x,y) \in [0,L]\times [0,L]; ...
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### Exact Solution of Ising Model in Open Boundary condition

What will be the exact expression of the partition function for 1d Ising model, if we consider open boundary case (This implies that the last spin in the sequence does not interact with the first spin)...
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### Specific heat of the classical ferromagnetic Heisenberg model

I have simulated the classical ferromagnetic Heisenberg model on a cubic lattice using Monte Carlo and I get a finite specific heat near zero temperature. My understanding is that from the magnon ...
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The imagined scenario: Part A: From special relativity we know that velocity is a relative physical quantity, that is, it is dependent on the frame of reference of choice. This means that kinetic ...
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### Does a theory exist with a symmetry between a tachyonic and non-tachyonic mass points which preserves the normal laws of the mechanic?

Does a theory exist with a symmetry, which mirrors the tachyon mass points to non-tachyon mass points and vice versa? I think, it would be very beautiful, despite that there are strong theoretical ...
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### Equilibrium in Grand cannonical ensemble

In Grand Cannonical ensemble, where we have a system and reservoir with only energy and particle exchange possible; after $t=0$, there is energy and particle exchange taking place. After equilibrium ...
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### Confusion on meaning of fugacity in scientific publication

in my research project in statistical mechanics, in the context of phase transition and condensation, I was reading the seminal paper of Yang and Lee titled: "Statistical theory of equations of state ...
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### Does conservation of information mean that the direction of causality is arbitrary? [duplicate]

If it is the case that the information content of the universe is conserved, and the past can be constructed from a complete knowledge of the future just as easily as vice versa, then is there any ...
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### What is the field of mathematics that describes the transition into statistical mechanics?

There are interesting changes that occur in a sample of interacting objects, such as gas particles, as you approach a statistically significant sample. The position or velocity of any given particle ...
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### Help with understanding result from publication on phase transition

In my current research project in statistical mechanics, in the context of phase transition and condensation, I was reading the seminal paper of Yang and Lee titled: "Statistical theory of equations ...
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### Average energy from Boltzmann energy distribution is not the same as average kinetic energy of an ideal gas:

The Boltzmann energy distribution represents the probability of a micro-state taking an energy E. It can be formulated as follows: P(E)=\frac{1}{kT}\cdot e^{-\frac{E}{kT}} \end{...
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### How to calculate the free energy in curved space?

To study the Hagedorn temperature of string near a black hole, we need to calculate the free energy in curved space. This is can be done calculating a torus path integral, but I want to know if an ...
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### Hamiltonian - Fourier transform of order parameter [closed]

I have a rather simple task, but it seems I can't move forward with the solution. I have a Hamiltonian as seen in the picture. I have to use the Fourier transform of the order parameter $\phi(x)$ and ...
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### Occupation of quantum states at room temperature

I'm reading up on the physics of degenerate matter (in "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" by Carroll & Ostlie, section 16.3), and the impact of electron degeneracy pressure. I came across ...
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### What VOLUME does exactly the $V$ term in ideal gas equation represent?

According to kinetic theory of gases 'the actual volume occupied by the gas molecules are negligible in comparison to the volume of the container.' I believe that this assumption is significant ...
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### Is it possible to build a logical theory in QM based on quantum logic? [closed]

Quantum Probabilities as Bayesian Probability, Quantum probabilities as degrees of belief Above are two articles about quantum Bayesianism. I don't know why quantum Bayesianism use some results from ...
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### Partition function and coherent state path integral

I have been working through the derivation of the partition function expressed as a path integral in terms of coherent states, following the many-body condensed-matter field theory books of Altland &...
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### Why do the singularities of the thermodynamic functions expected to be non-negative powers?

I am going through the first chapter of Exactly Solved Models in Statistical Mechanics. On page 4, at the end of section 1.1 it is said that: I would like to know the basis of this expectation. ...
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### The Correct Statement of the Third Law of Thermodynamics

The Third Law of Thermodynamics can be stated in various ways, one of which is: The entropy of a perfect crystal at absolute zero is exactly equal to zero. Is this true for only "perfect ...
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### When does $E=\frac{3}{2}pV$ hold?

I only know that it holds for classical (monatomic) ideal gas and quantum ideal gas. But does it hold for interacting classical gas (e.g. van der Waals gas)?
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### Experimental confirmation of the textbook explanation for local entropy reductions

Clarification: In my original wording of this question, regrettably, I did not make it clear that I am interested in the the Boltzmann/Gibbs/statistical (BGS) interpretation of it, as opposed to the ...
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### Equilibrium states for the Curie-Weiss-Potts model and large deviations

I am doing a project in Large deviation theory applied to statistical mechanics and I was reading this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0410744. For the general setting we start with a finite ...
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### Average speed of a molecule in a fermion gas

Starting from Fermi-Dirac statistics, how can be calculated the average speed on the x-axis, $\langle v_{x} \rangle$, of a molecule in a fermion gas a $T= 0\ \mathrm K$?
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### Relation between master, Fokker-Planck, Langevin, Kramers-Moyal and Boltzmann equations

I'm looking for the relation between four important equations which we study in stochastic processes in physics. These equations include Master, Fokker-Planck, Langevin, Kramers-Moyal and Boltzmann. ...
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### How is zonal flow defined and computed?

The transition to turbulence in pipe flow was recently observed to be in the same universality class as directed percolation. This was done by reinterpreting the turbulence and laminar flow in terms ...
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### Diffusion of carbon monoxide in air

I have been reading about carbon monoxide online. It is lighter than air; Yet, in the case of fire, most online sources claim it spreads evenly throughout a room. Why is this the case? How is it ...
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### Temperature dependent chemical potential

Chemical potential is determined by the number of electrons in the system and coincides with the Fermi energy at zero temperature. The chemical potential can shift as temperature changes if the ...
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### Why thermal conductivity increases with temperature?

what is the molecular mechanism with which thermal conductivity increases by increasing temperature? at least for metals? I know that heat increases the oscillations of the atoms in the crystal. But ...
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### If we had a “perfectly efficient” computer and all the energy in the Milky-way available, what number could it count to?

The idea for this question comes from an example in cryptography, where supposedly 256-bit symmetric keys will be enough for all time to come (brute-forcing a 256-bit key is sort-of equivalent to ...
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### Do gravitational waves have entropy?

We know, according the current understanding of black holes and General Relativity, as well as quantum fields in General Relativity, that black holes have an entropy proportional to the area of the ...
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### Fermi energy of electron gas with electrostatic interaction

I have been given the following exam question and am unsure how I would go about solving it: Consider the case of a one-dimensional metal, consisting of a chain of $N$ positive charges $+q$ ...
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### Noise spectrum of the thermal noise?

If we have a thermal noise generated by Brownian stochastic force $\xi (t)$, it has zero mean value. And its correlation function at temperature T is : \langle\xi(t) \xi(t^{\prime})\...
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### Modern textbook on statistical field theory

What is a good textbook on statistical field theory, with an emphasis on applications to non-equilibrium phenomena? I am a final-year undergraduate, have already taken introductory classes in ...
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### Velocity from the cumulative distribution function of the Boltzmann distribution

I want to get a Boltzmann distribution of the $v_x$, $v_y$ and $v_z$ velocity components (please, notice that the distribution is one-dimensional). To do so, I need the cumulative distribution ...
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### Which condition is stronger - ergodicity or mixing?

Reading a statistical physics book, I've encountered the following assertion (without further explanations): [..] the presence of dynamical instability makes the trajectory of a system much more ...
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### Calculate the entropy per atom in Bohmian Mechanics

Bohmian mechanics description of a large number of interacting atoms would require a large phase space due to the large number of classical degrees of freedom. The entropy per atom is given as the ...
### Understanding Gibbs $H$-theorem: where does Jaynes' “blurring” argument come from?
According to this Wikipedia article, the $H$-theorem was Boltzmann's attempt to demonstrate the irreversible increase in entropy in a closed system starting from reversible microscopic mechanics. ...