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

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Phase space derivation of quantum harmonic oscillator partition function

I would like to derive the partition function for the quantum Harmonic oscillator from scratch: $$\tag{1} Z = \int dp \, dx\, e^{-\beta H}.$$ The free particle appears in many textbooks. $H = ...
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How to calculate the partial entropy in a fully connected ising system

I'm trying to reproduce a calculation that should lead to the partial entropy in a fully connected ising model for the high-temperature range ($\beta < 2$) in the thermodynamic Limit ($N ...
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Molecular field meaning in Liquid Crystal Theory

Given the Frank-De Gennes free energy $F = \int f(\boldsymbol{p},\nabla\boldsymbol{p}, ...)\ d\boldsymbol{x},$ for liquid crystals (see De Gennes-Prost, p. 107, formula 3.21), the vector ...
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Can statistical mechanics explain the second law completely? [duplicate]

Statistical mechanics is restricted to the postulate of the equal a priori probability, but this postulate does not need to be considered for thermodynamics, so the valid ranges of statistical ...
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What is the relation between entropy and mass of black hole?

What is the relation between entropy and mass of black hole? And what is the relation between symmetry of physics operation and entropy?For instance,measuring or doing measure on state of quantum ...
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Thermal Velocity

What is thermal velocity? What is it's physical significance? Wikipedia says: The thermal velocity or thermal speed is a typical velocity of the thermal motion of particles which make up a gas, ...
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Help with deriving an asymptotic expression

Note: I don't know if this is the best place for this question, because it is very specific. However, I'm not sure of a better place to go (apart from one of the other SE's). If you have a ...
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Why is Entropy's Definition Useful?

I have somewhat of an understanding for other physical quantities, but as far as entropy goes I only know it to be "disorder". Why is the change in entropy formula an appropriate/useful definition, ...
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Proof of Liouville's theorem: Relation between phase space volume and probability distribution function

I understand the proof of Liouville's theorem to the point where we conclude that Hamiltonian flow in phase-space is volume preserving as we flow in the phase space. Meaning the total derivative of ...
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Counting Problems in Physics

What are some classic counting problems in physics? I'm trying to think of interesting examples to give in a math class on the matter, and I feel as if physics should have some ones to offer.
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Correlation in electron gas

In the textbooks that I read (namely Ashcroft/Mermin , Marder, etc.) it seems that a distinction is made between the correlations in electron gas and a Couloumb interaction between the electrons. What ...
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Thomas - Fermi screening

I read in Ashcroft & Mermin's Solid State text that for the Thomas-Fermi approximation to be applicable, the external potential needs to be "slowly varying," What does it mean for a function (in ...
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Is thermodynamic free energy and potential energy the same thing?

The equation for free energy $F$ and potential energy $E_{pot}$ are: $$ F=U-TS \\ E_{pot} = E_{tot} -E_{kin} $$ But the temperature $T$ is proportional to the average kinetic energy of a system. So ...
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Ergodic Hypothesis; canonical ensemble

I'm currently studying for an exam in thermodynamics/classic statistical mechanics and 2 things came up which are confusing me. First the ergodic hypothesis states that it is equal to take the mean ...
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What conditions do a bunch of atoms need to satisfy to have a temperature?

What conditions do a bunch of atoms need to satisfy to have a temperature? Suppose that we have a beam of helium atoms travelling in a common straight line, equally spaced with the same velocity. If ...
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Is there any model in statistical physics which has the ratio of specific heat exponent to correlation length exponent, $\alpha/\nu \approx 2.44$?

I am simulating a disordered ising-like model in 2d whose phase transition is expected to be continuous, whose universality class is as yet unknown. By plotting the Specific heat scaling function, ...
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Mathematical proof of the Second Law of Thermodynamics [duplicate]

Is there some book or paper that formalizes statistical mechanics, like some people have done with relativity, and proves the second law of thermodynamics from more foundational axioms?
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Statistical Mechanics with Gravity [closed]

What complications arise when examining the statistical mechanics of a system under the influence of gravity? Is it significantly different from the classical treatment of statistical mechanics?
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Canonical ensemble, energy, heat bath

I am studying through the book Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics by Walter Greiner and I’ve got a couple of doubts when I was reading about the classical ensembles, specially the Canonical ...
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Problems with units of entropy in statistical thermodynamics

The statistical thermodynamics definition of entropy: $S = kN \ln (W)$ troubles me a lot with the problem of dimenstions. where $S$ is entropy; $k$, the Boltzmann constant; $N$ the number of particles ...
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Why does decay of correlations imply absence of order?

In a few articles I have read, a two-point correlation function $\langle g(x)g(y) \rangle$ is shown to decay with increasing distance of $x$ and $y$, and this is then taken to imply an absence of the ...
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Methods for quantifying a network of coupled oscillators

I usually am more on the statistics part of things, so pardon my misuse of the terminology. I am simulating a network of non-pulse coupled non-linear oscillators ( I am not sure what the correct term ...
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Wolff vs Swendsen Wang Algorithm

Following the orginal paper of Swendsen Wang, their dynamical critical exponent $z$ is about $z=0.35$, whereas the Wolff Algorithm seems to have $z=1.19$. When I calculate the Correlation time though, ...
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Existence of negative temperatures and the definition of entropy

How negative temperatures can be possible has been treated on StackExchange before (several times in fact), but in light of some recent academic discussion, most of these answers seem to be possibly ...
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In what limit do we *really* get Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics from Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac?

Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein energy occupation number $n(\epsilon)$ in natural units ($[T]=[\epsilon]$) read $$n(\epsilon) = \frac{D(\epsilon)}{e^{(\epsilon-\mu)/T}\pm 1},$$ where $D(\epsilon)$ is ...
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What's the most fundamental definition of temperature?

What's the most fundamental definition of temperature? Is it the definition concern about average energy, number of micro states, or what? By "fundamental", I mean "to be applied" in such general ...
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Numerical Ising Model: Swendsen–Wang algorithm, Percolation theory?

When you look at the original paper of Swendsen and Wang in 1987: "Nonuniversal critical dynamics in Monte Carlo simulations" it is somewhat mentioned that the proposed algorithm uses percolation ...
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Diamagnetism of a degenerate electron gas for weak fields

In the book "Statistical Physics, Part I ($3^{{\rm rd}}$ edition)" by Landau and Lifshitz, at $\S59$ when he treats the diamagnetic part of the magnetisation of a degenerate electron gas for weak ...
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A formula for the photon gas correlation function

i need to derive a formula for the photon gas correlation function $\left\langle\partial n_i\partial n_j\right\rangle $ where $$\partial n_i=n_i -\left \langle n_i \right \rangle.$$ whilst solving ...
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What's the critical temperature of the XY model on a triangular lattice

I've been looking deeply into many bibliographic references without finding the answer. I would be interested in knowing the numerical value of the critical 2d XY spin model on triangular lattice. ...
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Is there a general H-theorem?

In statistical mechanics, Boltzmann showed that for dilute gases the H-function increases. I remember from a lecture that there is no general H-theorem, e.g. for non-dilute gases or in the quantum ...
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Ideal gas and inelastic collisions

Why is it necessary that all inter-molecular collisions in an ideal gas be elastic? My understanding is that a gas behaves ideally so long as the potential energy arising from inter-molecular ...
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Evaluating low-temperature dependence of the BCS gap function

How does one go about evaluating the behavior of the BCS gap $ \Delta = \Delta(T) $ for $ T \to 0^+ $ under the weak coupling approximation $ \Delta/\hbar\omega_D \ll 1 $? In Fetter & Walecka, ...
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Microscopic definition/expression of/for the heat current

Often I see the following microscopic definition/expression of/for a heat current due to an external field $$ {\bf j}_Q = 2 \int \frac{\text{d}{\bf k}}{(2\pi)^3} \frac{\hbar {\bf k}}{m} ...
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Critical temperature difference between Ising and XY model

The following formula gives the critical coupling (more precisely the ratio of the spin-spin coupling over the temperature) for $O(n)$ models on a triangular lattice: ...
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Derivation of Landau diamagnetism

In deriving the magnetic susceptibility of free electrons, we need to calculate $$\chi = \left( \frac{\partial M}{\partial H} \right)_N = - \left( \frac{\partial^2 F}{\partial H^2} \right)_N.$$ ...
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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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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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What is difference and linkage between power law of phase transition in physics and Zipf law in linguistics

There are power law of phase transition in physics and Zipf law in linguistics which are similiar to each other ,and some expert think they are in fact just the same.But the diagrams of them base on ...
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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 ...