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

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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 $$C_{nn}(\vec x_1, \vec x_2)= \langle n(\vec x_1) n(\vec x_2)\rangle$$ ...
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Why does this derivation of the dependence of free energy on pressure not work?

It is well known that the Gibbs Free Energy of a gas depends on the pressure via the following formula: $$G_m(p) = G^\circ_m + RT\ln{\frac{p}{p^{\circ}}}$$ Where $G_m$ is the molar gibbs free energy ...
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According to Liouville's theorem, why is the measure on an energy-surface different from the measure on the phase space in general

I recently read Khinchin's derivation of Liouville's theorem. I was able to follow the math for the most part, however I was hoping for an intuitive understanding about why the form of the measure on ...
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What is an expression/physical law that relates high frequency thermal fluctuations to gas pressure?

When a gas is compressed the 'ideal gas law' can predict what the increase in gas temperature will be. But that's just a mean temperature, right? At a quantum level the frequency of molecular ...
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Bose-Einstein phase transition and average number of part in state l

The explanation I have trouble understanding is this: The average number of particles $<n_l>$ on state $l$ is $$<n_l>=\frac{z}{e^{\beta \epsilon_l}-z}$$ where $z=e^{\beta \mu '}$ is the ...
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Why is most probable speed not equal to rms speed for an ideal gas?

The rms speed of ideal gas is $$\mathit{v_{rms}} = \sqrt{\dfrac{3RT}{M}}.$$ The most probable speed is the speed where $\dfrac{dP(\mathit {v})}{dv} =0$ where $P(\mathit{v})$ is the probability ...
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Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time reversal symmetry

Consider a two-dimensional fluid flow, confined to a square, where the bottom is held at a higher temperature than the top. With appropriate choices of the parameters, this will form a single ...
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Is there an equivalent probability distribution for fermions and bosons to the expression for distinguishable particles

So the particle distribution of two particles is simply $$ P_{12}=P_1(r_1)P_2(r_2) $$ where $ P_{12}$ is simply the modulus of the total wavefunction squared and $ P_1 $ and $ P_2$ are the the ...
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Number of states of a simple system

I am trying working on a problem in which there are two energy states $E_{1}<E_{2}$, and three different (i.e. distinguishable) particles. I cannot decide if the order of the particles matters. ...
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Temperature in statistical mechanics and differentiating entropy

In statistical mechanics, the entropy of an isolated system with energy $E$ (with fixed volume $V$ and chemical composition $N$) is defined as $S(E) = k \log \Omega$, where $\Omega$ is the number of ...
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What exactly happens at the second-order phase transition of the 2D Toric code?

For a 2D Toric code specified by $$H = -J_s\sum_{s} \prod_{j\in s} \sigma^x_j - J_p\sum_{p} \prod_{j\in p} \sigma^z_p - h_x\sum_{l} \sigma^x_l - h_z\sum_{l} \sigma^z_l$$ where $s$ denotes stars, $p$ ...
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Difference between molecular dynamics and direct simulation Monte Carlo

I just started studying about rarefied gases and I came across the concepts of Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC); so here is my question: How are these two fields ...
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Show that, for two large systems in thermal contact, the number $\Omega^{0}(E^{0},E_1)$ can be expressed as a Gaussian in the variable $E_1$

This problem below is from the book "Statistical Mechanics" by Pathria. The author defined the number of microstates of a system with two subsystems exchanging energy as: $$\Omega_1(E_1) ...
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How to understand the Bose glass phase has infinite superfluid susceptibility?

The Bose glass phase is characterized by a gapless excitation spectrum, exponential decay of superfluid correlations, finite compressibility and infinite superfluid susceptibility. The disordered ...
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grand-canonical ensemble

I was wondering if the following reasoning is correct for example for electrons in the classical or qm grand-canonical ensemble? Is it always valid in the grandcanonical ensemble to calculate the ...
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How to apply Wick's theorem in 2nd quantization for Spin Density Operators?

I am trying to work out a correlation function consisting of two spin density operators. Once I rewrite everything in 2nd quantized form, I am unsure of how to apply wicks theorem because the paul ...
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Is information a form of energy? [closed]

To better describe my question, do the following experiment: Calculate x=12+26+67+71 Now you might have spent some time in getting the answer. You burnt sugar, you used up energy to get the ...
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Extensive variables in thermodynamics

Extensive variables in thermodynamics are those which scale linearly with the system size. It is known that a ratio of two extensive variables is an intensive variable. Now, the number of particles ...
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Definition of Fermion [closed]

Recently, I encounter a problem about the definition of Fermion operator. In our standard textbooks, the Fermions are defined by their exchange/braiding property, that is, if a minus sign appears by ...
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Thermodynamics vs Kinetics

As a chemical reaction approaches equilibrium, one of forward or backward reactions dominate the other. According to thermodynamics, this is because the gibbs free energy change for one is negative. ...
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Entropy and Gibbs Free Energy

I've been struggling with the notion of entropy and gibbs free energy for almost three days now. Different sources on and off the internet say different things about entropy. Gibbs Free Energy is ...
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Grand canonical Hamiltonian

How to explain introducing "grand canonical" Hamiltonian $$ \hat{H'}= \hat{H}-\mu \hat{N} $$ when we study a quantum system with fixed chemical potential? I understand such a substitution in a ...
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Does it make sense to define the mean free path in quantum mechanics?

The mean free path defined in classical molecule dynamics has a strong classical flavor. Is it sensible to generalize the idea to quantum mechanics?
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Fermi distribution and ideal gas

I was wondering about the following: If we have ideal gas particles, then $E \ge 0$, so one would expect that the state $E=0$ is occupied with probability one for low temperatures, but this is not ...
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Calculating the heat transfer into CO$_2$ gas at a constant pressure

I am having trouble with a homework question and I am just not sure how to attack it. We have not covered how to deal with non-ideal gases yet, and we are expected to answer this question without that ...
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Specific Heat of a Fermi Liquid

Let me give a bit of context before asking the actual questions: In the second edition of Condensed Matter Physics, Michael P. Marder derives the specific heat of Fermi liquids in chapter 17.5.4. He ...
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Adiabatic processes and the First Law

The first law of thermodynamics in my notes is : $\Delta E=\Delta Q +\Delta W $. Then later in my notes for an adiabatic process: $\Delta Q \implies dE=-pdV$. Then for a monatomic gas ...
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Books/resources for statistical field theory

I was wondering if anyone knows good, approachable textbook or other resources about statistical field theory (topics like in Kardar's Statistical physics of fields: lattice models, mean field theory, ...
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What are the Fermi and Debye temperature constants?

What are the Fermi temperature and Debye temperature constants? We were discussing these in class and I don't fully understand what these constants are or why we have them. Can anyone explain?
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Can you thermally pump a laser? (and problems with population inversion)

Recently a question was asked during a lecture about the possibility of thermally pumping a laser. The lecturer claimed that this is pretty impractical as typical transitions in the visible light ...
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Confusing Chemical potential of mixtures

I feel that there are very few textbook that treat the chemical potential of mixtures in an understandable clear way, which is why I wanted to ask here about certain things? Although I do not have a ...
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Is any phase associated with some fixed point in Renormalization Group?

In Wilson's paper I found a lot of discussion in expansions near a fixed point. He suggested that each fixed point is associated with a regime of the system. Like the fixed points of Anderson's Model, ...
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Ising Model with All Spins Interacting with All Other Spins

I am studying the Ising model with all spins interacting with all other spins and have formulated $Z$. I am trying to understand what it means to study at large N but not infinite N. I know that at ...
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How do sharp time intervals arise in a mesoscopic/macroscopic system?

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1 \right\rangle}$ $\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle #1 \right|}$ For a physical process in a mesoscopic/macroscopic system, how exactly can one deduce the time that ...
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Can a gas be modelled as a low density blackbody, if we want to consider how detectable it will be in space?

The answer to this question taught me about the sort of parameters I need to consider if I want to consider how "detectable" an object in space is. I want to consider the detectability of a ...
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Proof of the Boltzmann factor

The following derivation of the Boltzmann factor is obviously wrong, or incomplete: $$p(E) \propto \Omega(U-E)$$ Consider the Taylor expansion of $\ln\Omega(x)$: $$\ln\Omega(U-E)\approx \ln ...
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Resource recommendation: book that does not cover statistical mechanics specifically with thermodynamics in mind?

Statistical mechanics by its plain definition is a broad field, but most introductory textbooks focus on its applications in thermodynamics. Are there introductory texts that take up a broader view of ...
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Volume of highdimensional Sphere vs volume of spheres shell

When calculating the phase space volume $\Omega$ in the microcanoncial ensemble with fixed energy $E$, one integrates over a shell that includes all energies in between $E$ and $E+\delta E$: ...
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How hot is your photon?

This question comes from my answer to the question Can a cubic meter of space at absolute zero have any object with mass inside? and the related discussion under it. To summarize, I stated that the ...
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Entropy Inequalities

Hey I am reading this paper Entropy Inequalities by Araki and Lieb. I am trying to prove the following lemma: $$S^1+S^2\leq S^{12}+S^{23}$$ using the following lemmas: ...
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Deriving Boltzmann statistics from the maximum entropy principle

In some lecture notes I have, the author derives the expectation value of the occupation numbers for a discrete system of fermions as follows: Consider all states that have a certain energy ...