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

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Definition of Fluctuations and Perturbations

The terms fluctuations and perturbations are frequently used in physics with different meanings. But they are confusing. Both terms seems to be same. Is there any one who can explain lucidly these ...
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Does the scientific community consider the Loschmidt paradox resolved? If so what is the resolution?

Does the scientific community consider the Loschmidt paradox resolved? If so what is the resolution? I have never seen dissipation explained, although what I have seen a lot is descriptions of ...
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How to choose the right units to compute the phase space volume in classical statistical mechanics?

Without the natural unit $\hbar$, why doesn't it seem to be a problem for Statistical Physics to define $$S=k_B\ log(\Omega)\ ?$$ If $\Omega$ is given in one unit system and I switch to other units ...
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Infinite quantum well width $L$ to $2L$ adiabatic process

If we change width of the infinite quantum well $L$ to $2L$ slowly enough, how it does change energy levels.
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Occam's razor on spin statistics theorem?

Highly related to A reading list to build up to the spin statistics theorem I see 2 parts to the spin statistics theorem: (spin $n$ or $n+\frac{1}{2}$) step 1 given that a spin is integral or ...
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Axiomatic statistical mechanics

Ive read a few courses on statistical mechanics, and while their textual explanations and example choices differ, the flow of information from microscopy to macroscopy seems the same, and reading ...
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What are conditions for the existence of a critical value (for a phase transition)?

Can there only be a critical temperature if there is some natural unit for an observable in the model, i.e. if there is a natural scale for something? Otherwise I don't see how for a system there ...
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How to “read” the temperature of an abstract system?

How can I interpret the parameter temperature $T$, if I'm not given the description of the system in terms of the equation of state, $E(S,V\ )$ or $S(E,V\ )$ and so on. In many systems it makes sense ...
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Stability of the vacuum state of interacting quantum fields

"Stability" is generally taken to be the justification for requiring that the spectrum of the Hamiltonian should be bounded below. The spectrum of the Hamiltonian is not bounded below for thermal ...
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From spectrum/dispersion relation to the partition function

I know the spectrum/dispersion relation for a bosonic system. $$E \left( \mathbf{k} \right) = \cdots$$ Is there a general method for writing down the partition function when the spectrum of the ...
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Information geometry of 1D Ising model in complex magnetic field regime

Consider the one-dimensional Ising model with constant magnetic field and node-dependent interaction on a finite lattice, given by $$H(\sigma) = -\sum_{i = 1}^N J_i\sigma_i\sigma_{i + 1} - h\sum_{i = ...
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Renyi entropy in physical systems

We know that the Shannon entropy $H(P)=- k_{\mathrm{B}}\sum_i p_i \ln p_i$ is mostly the entropy of the thermodynamic systems. Does the Renyi measure $H_{\alpha}(P)=\frac{1}{1-\alpha}\log \sum ...
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What is the information geometry of 1D Ising model for a complex magnetic field?

Consider the one-dimensional Ising model with constant magnetic field and node-dependent interaction on a finite lattice, given by $$H(\sigma) = -\sum_{i = 1}^N J_i\sigma_i\sigma_{i + 1} - h\sum_{i = ...
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Can a system entirely of photons be a Bose-Einsten condensate?

Background: In Bose-Einstein stats the quantum concentration $N_q$ (particles per volume) is proportional to the total mass M of the system: $$ N_q = (M k T/2 \pi \hbar^2)^{3/2} $$ where k ...
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Polarisation directions in standing waves in cubical cavity

I was studying Rayleigh-Jean's formula. The author has assumed a cubical cavity of each side $L$ with perfectly reflecting surfaces. According to author, there are two perpendicular directions of ...
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Why was the universe in a extraordinarily low-entropy state right after the big bang?

Let me start by saying that I have no scientific background whatsoever. I am very interested in science though and I'm currently enjoying Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos. I'm at chapter 7 and ...
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How to derive Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution using canonical ensemble?

My textbook says that microcanonical ensemble, canonical ensemble and grand canonical ensemble are essentially equivalent under thermodynamic limit. It also derives Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein ...
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How to understand temperatures of different degrees of freedom?

So I'm reading this book, where after the preface and before the models there is a section called General Notions and Essential Quantities, which introduce some things I don't understand. They regard ...
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Reconstruction of information stored in an evaporating black hole from the emission spectrum?

For simple setups, where the radiation field deviates not too far from thermodynamic equilibrium (< 10 %), corrections to the Planckian thermal emission spectrum can be calculated (and measured) ...
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Renyi fractal dimension $D_q$ for non-trivial $q$

For a probability distribution $P$, Renyi fractal dimension is defined as $$D_q = \lim_{\epsilon\rightarrow 0} \frac{R_q(P_\epsilon)}{\log(1/\epsilon)},$$ where $R_q$ is Renyi entropy of order $q$ ...
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Theoretical proof forbidding Loschmidt reversal?

In a famous debate, Loschmidt criticized Boltzmann's new theory of statistical mechanics by asking what would happen if the velocities of all the atoms were reversed. Typical objections are that such ...
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Numerical algorithms to generate a random wavefunction from a thermal ensemble

I am seeking an algorithm to generate a random wavefunction = $\sum {c_i |\varphi _i\rangle }$ from a thermal ensemble, whose density matrix $\rho \sim e^{-\beta H}$, without the need to diagonalize ...
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Quantum statistics of branes

Quantum statistics of particles (bosons, fermions, anyons) arises due to the possible topologies of curves in D-dimensional spacetime winding around each other What happens if we replace particles by ...
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Renormalization Group for anisotropic “Gaussian” model

I'm considering an "anisotropic" Hamiltonian of the form $$\beta H = \int d^n r_{||} d^{d-n} r_{\bot} \frac{K}{2} (\nabla_{||} m)^2 + \frac{L}{2} (\nabla^2_\bot m)^2 + \frac{t}{2}m^2 - hm$$ which in ...
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Renormalization Group: Different fixed points

Extending the Gaussian model by introducing a second field and coupling it to the other field, I consider the Hamiltonian $$\beta H = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^d} \int_0^\Lambda d^d q \frac{t + Kq^2}{2} ...
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RG of the Gaussian Model: Finding the scaling factor

I'm studying how the Renormalization Group treatment of the simple Gaussian model, $$\beta H = \int d^d r \left[ \frac{t}{2} m^2(r) + \frac{K}{2}|\nabla m|^2 - hm(r)\right]$$ In momentum space, the ...
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How do derive this result in stat-mech style

I'm going through (well, at least I'm planning to) Rief's book about statistical mechanic (I want to improve my knowledge). I want to be serious about this so I'm trying to solve as much problem as I ...
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canonical and microcanonical ensemble

What does one mean by canonical and micro canonical ensemble in statistical mechanics? Can one elaborate on this in a very simple way with examples? Pardon me, if it is a very simple thing; I am a ...
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On BE and FD Statistics

Lets consider the Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics: Bose-Einstein statistics: $$\langle n_i\rangle = \frac{1}{\exp{[(\epsilon_i-\mu)/kT]} - 1}$$ Fermi-Dirac statistics: $$\langle ...
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Motivation for maximum Renyi/Tsallis entropy

The Conditional limit theorem of Van Campenhout and Cover gives a physical reason for maximizing (Shannon) entropy. Nowadays, in statistical mechanics, people talk about maximum Renyi/Tsallis entropy ...
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Definition regarding percolation

in a homework sheet studying bond-percolation on the Bethe lattice, a function $g(r)$ is introduced as "the probability of finding two nodes separated by a distance $r$ on the same cluster". Now ...
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Calculating the heat capacity of a system

I have started reading Statistical Physics by F. Mandl and I would appreciate some help with the following exercise A system consists of $N$ weakly interacting subsystems. Each subsystem possesses ...
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Should annealed disorder be characterized by the average of the partition function?

Most of the literature says that for a quenched average over disorder, an average over the log of the partition function must be taken: \begin{equation} \langle \log Z \rangle, \end{equation} while ...
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Partition Function as characteristic function of energy?

I'm going through a book on statistical mechanics and there it says that the partition function $$Z = \sum_{\mu_S} e^{-\beta H(\mu_S)}$$ where $\mu_S$ denotes a microstate of the system and $H(\mu_S)$ ...
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What are some predictions from string theory that say some crystalline materials “will end up in one of many lowest-energy ground states?”

I am referring to this recent "news feature" by Zeeya Merali from Nature magazine www.nature.com/uidfinder/10.1038/478302a. Here is the specific quote: "To make matters worse, some of the testable ...
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Analogue of Princeton Companion to Mathematics for Physics?

I would like to know if there are compendiums much like the Princeton Companion to Mathematics for physics (especially classical physics: fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, Hamiltonian formalism of ...
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What is a simple intuitive way to see the relation between imaginary time (periodic) and temperature relation?

I guess I never had a proper physical intuition on, for example, the "KMS condition". I have an undergraduate student who studies calculation of Hawking temperature using the Euclidean path integral ...
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Connections of iterative solvers for large systems of equation in Physics?

I am trying to find the domains in physics where solving large systems of equations is computationally expensive. The sparse systems are of my particular interest, where the input matrix A is in GBs ...
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Infinite-range 1D Ising model + Hubbard-Stratonovich-Transformation

I have a probably quite simple question RE the HST. After some work, I obtain as the partition function for the infinite range 1D Ising model $$Z = \int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{dy}{\sqrt{2\pi / ...
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Can the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm be generalized to quantum systems?

The Metropolis-Hastings algorithm is an efficient way of simulating classical ensembles using the Monte Carlo method. Is there a generalization of this algorithm to quantum systems? What I DON'T have ...
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What are some critiques of Jaynes' approach to statistical mechanics?

Suggested here: What are the justifying foundations of statistical mechanics without appealing to the ergodic hypothesis? I was wondering about good critiques of Jaynes' approach to statistical ...
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Fluctuations of an interface with hammock potential

This question is related to that one. I ask it here since comments are too short for the extended discussion that was going on there. I am interested in a very simple interface model. To each ...
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Canonical averages in a Fermi gas aka generalized Fermi-Dirac distribution

I am in the process of applying Beenakker's tunneling master equation theory of quantum dots (with some generalizations) to some problems of non-adiabatic charge pumping. As a part of this work I ...
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Phase Transition in the Ising Model with Non-Uniform Magnetic Field

Consider the Ferromagnetic Ising Model ($J>0$) on the lattice $\mathbb{Z}^2$ with the Hamiltonian with boundary condition $\omega\in\{-1,1\}$ formally given by $$ ...
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Systematic approach to deriving equations of collective field theory to any order

The collective field theory (see nLab for a list of main historical references) which came up as a generalization of the Bohm-Pines method in treating plasma oscillations are often used in the study ...
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Sampling typical clusters between distant points in subcritical percolation

I have on several occasions wondered how one might proceed in order to sample large subcritical Bernoulli bond-percolation clusters, say on the square lattice. More precisely, let's consider the ...
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What does it mean for a phase space trajectory to be “long” and “stable”?

What does it mean for a phase space trajectory to be "long" and "stable"? I understand the concept of a trajectory in phase space but not how these adjectives can be applied to one. Thanks.
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Onsager's Regression Hypothesis, Explained and Demonstrated

Onsager's 1931 regression hypothesis asserts that “…the average regression of fluctuations will obey the same laws as the corresponding macroscopic irreversible process". (Here is the links to ...
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Use of escort distribution in nonextensive stat. mech

In some of the articles which I read recently, I happen to see the following statement. In Nonextensive statistical physics, it is inappropriate to use the original distribution $P=(p_i)$ ...
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Connections and applications of SLE in physics

In probability theory, the Schramm–Loewner evolution, also known as stochastic Loewner evolution or SLE, is a conformally invariant stochastic process. It is a family of random planar curves that are ...