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Partition function for a two state system

We have a system of two energy states and we treat classical distinguishable and indistinguishable particles respectively. For the distinguishable case I thought that all in the left one one left ...
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Reversible and Quasi static processes

Do we have any proof that reversible processes are always quasi static or is it just a fact that hasn't been violated till date? If there is a proof then please provide a link.
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Sum over momentum states

In our lecture we used quite a couple of times that the sum over momentum states can be approximated by an integral over them. But instead of substituting $\sum_p \rightarrow \int d^3p$, we replaced ...
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Dimension of the Hilbert space of the restricted surface-on surface (RSOS) model

Right now I'm reading a paper on inversion identities for RSOS models, which you can find here. To give you a short introduction: The RSOS model is a face model, with a height variable assigned to ...
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Joule Thomson effect

I have difficulties to understand the Joule Thomson coefficient given on the wikipedia page. It says that $(\partial_p T) = \frac{V}{C_p}( T \alpha -1)$. Now my problem is that I don't know about ...
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Density depletion for Fermions

In my recent advanced statistical physics class, I read about the density depletion of Fermions, which are "defending" a given volume around them against other Fermions, while the exchange hole ...
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What is the argument for detailed balance in chemistry?

Detailed balance is an important property of many classes of physical systems. It can be written as $$ \frac{p_{i \to j}}{p_{j \to i}} = e^{\frac{\Delta G}{k_B T}},\tag{1} $$ where $i$ and $j$ ...
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Definition of stress at the microscale

Take, for simplicity, a Lennard-Jones fluid below the critical temperature, which is to say that there is a phase separation into fluid and gas and thus an interface is formed. The macroscale picture ...
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Why is the isothermal compressibility of the ideal boson gas larger than of the classical ideal gas?

Recently I came across (or well, derived in a lecture) the isothermal compressibility for an ideal boson gas. This was done in the context of statistical physics, using the quantum version of the ...
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Velocity Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for dummies

I have a volume with N molecules; I need to assign to each particle a velocity vector: $$|\mathbf{v}_{i}|=[v_{x}, v_{y}, v_{z}]^{T}$$ for the i-th molecule; the velocities must fallow the ...
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Can a Fermi gas and a Bose gas be both at the same pressure and temperature?

The title says it all: can a Fermi gas and a Bose gas be both at the same pressure and temperature? It comes from a quiz about statistical mechanics
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Correlation length in d>1 Ising model, at zero temperature

I am studying the renormalization group approach to the Ising model using as a reference Cardy's book "Scaling and renormalization in statistical mechanics". I cannot understand what happens in the ...
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Meaning of chemical equilibrium between two phases

Suppose two phases 1 and 2 of water, say ice and water, are kept in a closed container, at a fixed temperature $T$ and fixed pressure $P$? Then I have the following question: Is phase 1 in ...
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Difference between collisional and collisionless Boltzmann equations?

Reading an excellent answer, I've read about there are different Boltzmann statistics for a collision-less system (f.e. stars in a galaxy) and in a system with collisions (f.e. gas in a closed box). ...
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Density of states and anisotropic distribution functions

We consider a $3D$ dynamical system. Its distribution function is given by the function ${ (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v}) \mapsto f (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v})}$, so that $$ \mathrm{d}^{3} \mathbf{x} \, ...
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Geometry, Group Theory, and Statistical Mechanics

During the course of my first statistical mechanics course we generally concerned ourselves with a bulk amount of our system and considered it in terms of a set of lattice sites that had a state. How ...
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Why is the canonical partition function an exponential?

It makes intuitive sense that micro-states of higher energy occur with a lower probability and the exponential function has reasonable properties. However can a physical explanation be given to why ...
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assumption of molecular chaos and the Loschmidt paradox

The assumption of molecular chaos says the velocities of two colliding particles are uncorrelated and also independent of time. Boltzmann actually used this assumption in his formulation of the ...
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What is the cause for mechanical equilibrium in statistical mechanics?

In classical thermodynamics, mechanical equilibrium is defined as the state of a system in which there is no net flow of volume as there should be no net pressure within the system. Ok. ...
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What's the closed-form of the sum relating to the DOS of simple harmonic motion?

In order to calculate the density of states of single particle in the simple harmonic potential, we would calculate that $$ D(\epsilon)=\sum_{n}\delta(\epsilon-\epsilon_n) $$ where ...
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Fermions and Bosons

For fermions $$P-\frac{Nk_BT}{V}\geq 0 $$ and for bosons, $$P-\frac{Nk_BT}{V}\leq 0$$ What can we understand from these results.
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Summation to Integration in Statistical Mechanics

In Statistical Mechanics, what is the procedure of replacing this summation by the integration given by $$\sum_{\vec k} \rightarrow \frac{V}{(2\pi)^3} \int_{0}^{\infty} 4\pi k^2 dk$$
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Average Occupation Number in Bose Einstein Statistics using Grand Canonical Ensemble

If $Z=Z(z,V,T)$ is the Grand canonical Partition function, $\beta =\frac{1}{k_BT}$,$z=e^{\beta \mu }$ is the fugacity and $\epsilon_{\vec p}$ is the energy of a single particle in pth momentum state, ...
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Statistical Mechanics of Interacting particles [duplicate]

I am looking for other references about Statistical Mechanics of Interacting particles about Just the Method of Quantized Fields.This is the Title of Chapter 11 of Pathria (edition 1). If someone know ...
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What is the difference between classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics? [duplicate]

What is the difference between classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics? To me, they are greatly different but are different approaches for explaining same thing. But I do prefer ...
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Derivation of Fermi level for T>0

I am working through the derivation of the Fermi level $ \mu_0$ for T>0. However, at one point in the notes I have, it states without any explanation that: $$ \int_0^\infty F'(\epsilon) ...
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Pressure in the grand canonical ensemble when momentum integration limits depends upon volume

When one does not want to consider the thermodynamic limit, it is possible in some systems to consider a dependance of the volume on the integration limits of the momentum. For example: $$\mathcal{Z} ...
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What is the solution for the apparent contradiction of Second law due to energy fluctuation?

A system has maximum entropy when it has reached thermal equilibrium. But as statistical mechanics say, there is always an otherwise infinitesimal probability of particles to confine at a corner of ...
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Magnons contribution to spontaneous magnetization

In Statistical Physics part II of Landau's course in theoretical physics it is stated that the magnon part of the spontaneous magnetization can be calculated as $$ M_m \equiv M(T) - M(0) = ...
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Meaning of reversibility and quasistatic processes

A process in a closed system is reversible if the entropy change is $dS = \frac{dQ}{T}$. A process is quasistatic if a process is infinitely slowly. Now, if a process is reversible, this means ...
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Relation between isentropic/isenthalpic to adiabatic?

We have $dQ = T dS$. Does this imply that a process is adiabatic $dQ = 0$ if and only if it is isentropic $dS = 0$ for any process? This does not sound right, as this would mean that there is no ...
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Ideal chain / entropic spring - what is the *microscopic* force?

The ideal chain is the classic example of an entropic force. Usually one derives this force from the fundamental relation describing forces in the canonical ensemble: $$ \tag 1 F = (\partial \langle E ...
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Thermal Equilibrium and Canonical Ensemble

1 - Are two closed systems (with fixed volumes and of the same gas) in thermal equilibrium equivalent to two isolated systems at the same temperature? 2 - In the canonical ensemble, the "small ...
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Good Resource for Classifying Statistical Mechanics Problems [closed]

I've grown very interested in statistical mechanics ever since I took my first course in it. However, it feels like it is just overflowing with many types of problems and plenty of categories to ...
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Does Noether's theorem apply to entropy?

Entropy appears to have a translation symmetry - adding some constant value to it doesn't appear to my fairly rudimentary understanding of physics alter the actual physics. Is this correct? Now ...
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Definition of Entropy for reversible and irreversible process

$\int \dfrac{\delta Q}{T}$ can't be used to calculate entropy of an irreversible process. If you happen to know heat supplied and temperature at which it is supplied for just an instant. Can you then ...
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What is the central charge of the disordered $q$-state Potts model, for large $q$?

The central charge of a model, is, heuristically related to the number of microscopic degrees of freedom. Is there a simple argument for the asymptotic behavior of the central charge for the ...
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Efficiency larger than one?

The efficiency of a heat engine is the work we can do divided by the heat we take out of the hot reservoir. This quantity is always $ \le 1$. The efficiency of a heat pump is the heat we can release ...
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Is Boltzmann distribution contradicting with the fundamental assumption of statistical thermodynamics?

In equilibrium statistical physics the fundamental assumption of statistical thermodynamics states that the occupation of any microstate is equally probable (i.e. $p_i=1/\Omega, S=-k_B\sum p_i\,{\rm ...
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Why don't we have particles whose wavefunctions are symmetric wrt one exchange operator and anti-symmetric wrt other exchange operator?

Consider a system with $n$ identical particles. Let the wavefunction of the system be $\psi(r_1,\ldots, r_2)$. Let $P_{a,b}$ represent the exchange operator which exchanges particle $a$ with particle ...
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Physical meaning of RG transformation

When we do RG transformation in Statistical mechanics we eliminate unnecessary degrees of freedom and it leads us to the fixed point. How can I visualize it physically?
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How to derive the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook collision integral from Boltzmann one?

Let's have Boltzmann collision integral: $$ I_{coll} =\int d \sigma d^{3}\mathbf p_{1}(ff_{1} - f{'}f{'}_{1})|\mathbf v_{rel}|.\tag{1}\label{1} $$ How to transform $\eqref{1}$ to BGK collision ...
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Free bosons with an attractive/repulsive defect

Consider a system of non-interacting bosons hopping in a qubic lattice in 2D or 3D. A single site of the lattice is an attractive/repulsive defect. Formally, let $H=-t\sum_{<i,j>}(a_i^\dagger ...
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Why are large scale structures isotropic in the Ising model?

I have at least a qualitative understanding of why the critical state of the Ising model is scale invariant, by arguments to do with renormalisation, which I understand only very roughly. However, in ...
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How is energy transferred in Joules law of heating?

Joule's law of heating states that an accelerated electron loses its energy, which is then converted into heat energy, by colliding with vibrating atom i.e ions in their lattice site. but we know atom ...
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Canonical Distribution (Partition Function)

For the canonical distribution $$ w_{n}=e^{(F-E_{n})/T}, $$ is the sum $$ Z=\sum_{n}e^{E_{n}/T} $$ a sum over energies or a sum over states? Perhaps this is a silly question, but Landau and Lifshitz ...
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Ising model 2-dimensional - ground state configuration

I have to prove something about the 2-dimensional ising model. The problem is the following: Prove that every nearest-neighbour and next-nearest-neighbour interaction on the square lattice ...
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Simulating Phase Space Evolution

I am interested in modeling the time evolution of phase-space $\rho(\vec{q},\vec{p},t)$. I have attempted to use Liouville's theorem $\partial_t\rho=-\sum_{i=1}^{3}(\partial_{q_i}\rho)\dot ...
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How to find Entropy of system in terms of Magnetic Field and Temperature

I'm studying for final exams and I have a question about how to find the entropy of a particular system. The system is a lattice of paramagnetic atoms fixed to the lattice sites, with an external ...
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Why is molar specific heat at constant volume of a monatomic ideal gas a constant?

I thought specific heat varies depending on the substance. Why is it always $(3/2) R$?