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

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Ignorance in statistical mechanics

Consider this penny on my desc. It is a particular piece of metal, well described by statistical mechanics, which assigns to it a state, namely the density matrix $\rho_0=\frac{1}{Z}e^{-\beta H}$ ...
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Prove that negative absolute temperatures are actually hotter than positive absolute temperatures

Could someone provide me with a mathematical proof of why, a system with an absolute negative Kelvin temperature (such that of a spin system) is hotter than any system with a positive temperature (in ...
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How does such strange microscopic behavior at the atomic level (quantum mechanics) lead to the macroscopic behavior at our level?

So, I'm only a high school student researching quantum physics, and I find it very interesting. However, there's one question that keeps nagging at me in the back of my head. How exactly do odd ...
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Measure of Lee-Yang zeros

Consider a statistical mechanical system (say the 1D Ising model) on a finite lattice of size $N$, and call the corresponding partition function (as a function of, say, real temperature and real ...
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What is the mathematics behind artificially generated plasmas via electric fields?

The ionization degree of a plasma is given by the Saha equation, which depends on the temperature and the particle specific ionization energy. In thermal equilibrium, the relation between ionization ...
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How specifically do emulsifiers work?

I'd like to understand better how emulsifiers prevent droplet coalescence. There must be something more they do than just lower the surface tension between the droplet and the ambient substance. I ...
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Quantum Stat-Mech Proof of an Inequality for the Partition Function

I have the following problem that I was unable to solve for class, but I had a couple first steps that I started with that I am unable to finish. I know I can't get this since it's already been ...
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Discussions of the axioms of AQFT

The most recent discussion of what axioms one might drop from the Wightman axioms to allow the construction of realistic models that I'm aware of is Streater, Rep. Prog. Phys. 1975 38 771-846, ...
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What's the meaning of the coupling change after a renormalization (in the 1-dim Ising Model)?

What does it mean that after the theory (1-dim Ising model here, but the question is general) is renormalized one time and $g_i\rightarrow g_i'$, that the couplings are weaker, even if the theory ...
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Do thermodynamic quantities in CFT correspond to something different in AdS/CFT?

From what I've (hopefully) understood from the AdS/CFT correspondence, physical quantities have a dual version. For example, the position in the bulk is the scale size (in renormalization), and waves ...
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Are there known turbulent nonlinear equations where the cascade is a thermal gradient?

In a recent answer (here: The equipartition theorem in momentum space ), I suggested that if you have an appropriate first order equation (in the answer I used a second order equation, but it is more ...
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Second law of Thermodynamics: Why is it only “almost” always true that entropy is non-decreasing? [duplicate]

Wikipedia - Second law of thermodynamics: ...the entropy of any closed system not in thermal equilibrium almost always increases. I understand that the second law of thermodynamics is based on ...
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Do bipartite spin glasses have simple relaxation dynamics?

From what I gather, a Boltzmann machine (BM) is essentially a spin glass with no applied field evolving under Glauber dynamics (if this is at all mistaken, I don't think it will be off enough to ...
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What is the relationship between Schrödinger equation and Boltzmann equation?

The Schrödinger equation in its variants for many particle systems gives the full time evolution of the system. Likewise, the Boltzmann equation is often the starting point in classical gas dynamics. ...
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The equipartition theorem in momentum space

Motivated by the answers to this question on turbulence, I'm interested in an explanation and/or derivation/reference of the equipartition theorem in momentum space. To formulate it as a question: ...
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Thermodynamic limit “vs” the method of steepest descent

Let me use this lecture note as the reference. I would like to know how in the above the expression (14) was obtained from expression (12). In some sense it makes intuitive sense but I would ...
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What does third law of thermodynamics tell us?

I just have a question concerning the third law of thermodynamics. The third law describes that the entropy should be a well defined constant if the system reaches the ground state which depends ...
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Does the spin glass corresponding to a restricted Boltzmann machine have a characteristic timescale?

From what I gather, a Boltzmann machine can be identified with a spin glass. Though I don't know the details yet (and would welcome any references within the last 5 years--not, e.g. MacKay, etc.), I ...
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Scaling with the Ising Model

I am stuck with one formula in the CFT book by Di Francesco and al. Chapter 3. Equation 3.46 third step, for those who don't have the book, he integrates out degrees of freedom from the Ising Model by ...
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Statistical Mechanics treatment of the reaction process?

I'm searching for an at least semi-rigorous Statistical Mechanics description/treatment of a (spatially resolved) chemical reaction process of a macroscopic portion of at least two different species ...
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What does Peter Parkers formula represent?

Okay, so the trailer for the new Spider Man movie is out and appearently our friendly physicist from the neightborhood came up with something. However I can't find out what this is. Transcription: ...
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Energy per particle vs. chemical potential vs. evaporation energy

There is a system of N particles. They interact and are bound together with a binding energy Eb (or potential energy). To characterize the system there are multiple terms Energy per particle Eb(N)/N ...
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Statistical interpretation of Entropy

I'm preparing my statistical physics course, and while writing the lecture notes it says that a system with non distinguishable particles has much less microstates asociated with a particular ...
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Joining the definitions of entropy

$\int \frac{Q_{rev}}{T} = \Delta(k_B\ln\Omega)=\Delta S$ Could anyone give some definite proof for this? I was able to prove that the two definitions of change in entropy are equivalent for an ...
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Negative chemical potential [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Chemical potential The chemical potential of electron and positron is equal but with opposite sign. How one can visualize the negative chemical potential of positron, ...
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Deriving an Expression for Entropy

How to derive an expression for entropy in form of $S = \ln \Omega$ from the form $\displaystyle{S = - \sum_i \; p_i \ln p_i}$ ? That is the last formula taken as a definition of entropy. Just a ...
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Random bond Ising model and computational efficiency

If you want to find the ground state of the 2d random bond Ising model (no field), a computationally efficient algorithm exists to do it for you (based on minimum weight perfect matching). What about ...
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Reduced density matrices for free fermions are thermal

Many recent papers study entanglement in eigenstates of fermionic free hamiltonians (normally on a lattice) using the basic assumption that the reduced density matrices are thermal (e.g. Peschel ...
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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 ...