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

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Partion function for ideal gas - why use only one octant?

In these lecture notes (page 2) and in other sources I have checked, it says that the number of states with $k\in[k,k+dk]$ is: $$dN=\frac{4\pi k^2V}{8\pi^3}$$ Saying the factor of $8$ comes from the ...
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Reference for statistical mechanics from information theoretic view

I am interested in knowing if some one here knows book/notes for statistical mechanics from the information theoretic viewpoint.
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Relation between the $N$ particle partition function and probability?

For the 1 particle partition function the probability that the particle is in the state with energy $\varepsilon_i$ is given by: $$P_i =\frac{e^{-\varepsilon_i \beta}}{Z_1}$$ where $Z_2$ is the 1 ...
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Books on Introductory Statistical Mechanics

Can anyone recommend a good book on Basic Statistical Mechanics? I have an engineering background and had to go through loads of different books to learn General Relativity. I found Peter Collier's A ...
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Non-equilibrium electronic distribution in the time-relaxation approximation - Which is the boundary condition?

In Chapter 13 of Ashcroft-Mermin - "Solid State Physics", the following non equilibrium electronic phase-space distribution for the semiclassical electrons in a periodic crystal is derived: ...
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Does it take the same amount of time, it takes for a system to get to a low-entropy (fluctuation) state from equilibrium, to go in the other way?

Let a system be in a state of fluctuation - a state of low-entropy at $t_0\;.$ Then before and after a sufficiently large but finite time-interval, the system would again be at equilibrium. As the ...
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Fugacity in Bose-Einstein condensate

Just a simple question, I didn't manage to find out in my books... The fugacity $z = e^{\beta \mu}$ in the case we have condensation in a bose statistics. Is it always 1 or $z \to 1$? In the ...
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free energy in the path integral equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model: Shankar

In chapter 21 (eqtn 21.2.90) Shankar gives the free energy (of the PI problem equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model), $$ f=-E_0 = K^* $$ I dont understand how he arrives at this considering in ...
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Kinetic theory of physics [closed]

$$E = (3/2) kT$$ For average kinetic energy of a molecule gas.The constant $k$ does not depend on the type of molecule. Can this result be true for both hydrogen and chlorine?
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Thermodynamic free energy

The thermodynamic free energy is defined by $F=U-TS$ with $U,T,S$ being the internal energy, temperature and entropy respectively. I have also seen another formula for the free energy, $F=-T \log{Z}$ ...
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Radiation collapse to black hole

I want to find the temperature at which radiation in AdS will collapse to form a black hole. I have even found a reference that gives the answer but I cannot understand it: ...
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inverse problem for specific heat of fermion .. has been solved?

hi given the specific heat is given by an integral equation $$ C(T)=\int_{0}^{\infty}d\nu g(\nu)\frac{u^{2}}{(e^{u\nu}+1)^{2}}\nu^{2}$$ where $ u= \frac{h}{kT}$ my question is is the following ...
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Reference request: 2D conformal field theory and functions on the triangular lattice

I don't have much of a physics background and was wondering if anyone knows what is meant by "conformally invariant" functions defined on the plaquettes of the honeycomb lattice (ie functions defined ...
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Volume Operator / volume phase-space-function in thermodynamics

In Thermodynamics, one often encounters the derivation of pressure as the generalised force that belongs to the extensive state-variable of the volume. Postulates: One looks just at a system of many ...
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Cluster Expansion

In the cluster expansion (section 5.2 in M. Kardar "Statistical Physics of Particles") we write the grand canonical partition function. During the expansion, we do the following switch between a sum ...
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thermodynamic generalized force and thermodynamic potential

I have stumbled across these and have taken some interest. Are the meanings of generalized "force" and "potential" the analogous to the case of mechanics where the derivative of one with respect to a ...
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Correlation function $\langle s_1(x, t)s_2(x', t')\rangle$ vs $\langle s_1(x, t)s_2(x', t')\rangle-\langle s_1(x, t)\rangle\langle s_2(x', t')\rangle$

The correlation function in statistical mechanics is defined in either of two ways $$g(\mathbf{x}-\mathbf{x}', t-t') = \left\langle s_1(\mathbf{x}, t)s_2(\mathbf{x}', t') \right\rangle$$ ...
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CFT and temperature

I have tried to think about this for some time but could not really go anywhere. Sorry for the sloppy question and thanks for any pointer. My question is about CFT at finite temperature and ...
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In a Monte Carlo NVT simulation How do I determine equilibration

I'm running an NVT (constant number of particles, volume and temperature) Monte Carlo simulation (Metropolis algorithm) of particles in two dimensions interacting via Lennard-Jonse potential ($U = ...
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Proving the existence of temperature from zeroth law in the MIT OCW notes

This question refers to the following set of lecture notes: ...
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Why does warm water sink?

It is well known that water at 4C is denser than water at 0C. This is the usual explanation for why a body of water freezes from the surface (also it's because ice is even less dense, but that's ...
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What is the real cause of the boiling (forming of bubbles) of water?

I've got a question about the boiling of water. I'm a first year physics student and from the Netherlands. I've searched alot about the boiling of water and this confused me. Everyone said something ...
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Why can't the entropy of an isolated system decrease? [duplicate]

I read that heat cannot flow from cooler body to hotter because for that entropy of the system becomes negative. Why is that so? Why we cannot have negative entropy?
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Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies?

Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies? This is a question from my chemistry textbook (not homework, just questions to help us think about and understand the concepts). ...
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Eigenvalues for correlation matrix which have the form of an harmonic function

I am trying to understand the written in the picture below. I took the matrix $C_{2 \times 2}$ which is: $$C=\left[ \begin{array}{} a& ace^{-\frac{|\phi_1-\phi_2|}{2}}\\ ...
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Partition function of primon bosonic gas

Can we interpret the Euler product formula " $\sum\frac{1}{n^s} = \prod_{p\;\mathrm{prime}} \frac{1}{1-p^{-s}} $ " in a stat. physical sense, as a product of single-particle system partition ...
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Why is chemical potential, μ=0 when calculating critical temperature of BECs?

How do we justify taking the chemical potential, $\mu$ as $0$ when calculating the critical temperature of Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs)? I apologise as I do not how to use LaTeX, for if I did the ...
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Statistical specific heat as energy fluctuation in spin glasses

Consider the specific heat (in statistical sense, as energy fluctuation in the canonical ensemble) of a complex model, something similar to a spin glass. Is the specific heat defined on fluctuations ...
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Difference between macroscopic variable, macroscopic observable, parameter and generalized force in Thermodynamics

When I read Books about statistical physics, then often names like "macroscopic variable / observable", parameter of the macroscopic state and generalized force are used, and I want to know, what is ...
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Massless brownian particle Langevin equation and FDT

Given the Langevin equation of a massless brownian particle: $$ \gamma \dot{x}=\eta, $$ where $\gamma$ is the friction coefficent and $\eta$ the noise ($\langle\eta \rangle =0$ and ...
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Mathematical definition of reversible processes

If I label an initial thermodynamic state as $\psi$ and the final thermodynamic state as $\xi$ then can I say that under a reversible process the two states are related to each other by a continuous ...
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Translated publications of Boltzmann

I have been looking for Boltzmann's papers (in english) and had no luck. Anyone knows if they were translated at the first place, and if yes where to find them?
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What kind of conservation law is energy conservation in thermodynamics?

As I understand it, Noether's theorem is an important result that allows us to show when certain kinds of conservations arise. Is energy conservation in thermodynamics a result of Noether's theorem? ...
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Good thermodynamics/statistical mechanics books that treat the apparent paradoxes in the theory

I am working on a small project mainly concerning the Gibbs and mixing paradoxes arising in thermodynamics/statistical mechanics. Still cannot find good literature on the topic. Any suggestions (I ...
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Effect of Particle Mass on Thermal Conductivity

Fouriers law of thermal conductivity is $$ \vec{q} = -k\nabla T $$ where $q$ is the heat flux, $k$ is the thermal conductivity. Mass does not seem to appear in the equation. So I'm wondering what ...
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Green Kubo formalism valid for inhomogeneous systems?

I'm interested in nano-composites and their effective properties and I use classical Molecular Dynamics as computation method. My question is: "Can I still use the Green Kubo formula to calculate ...
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Equation of state in General Relativity versus microscopic description of the fluid

I can't find the answer to the following question. Consider matter fields in General Relativity, assume it to be a perfect fluid. Then its equation of state is, by definition: $$ w=\frac{p}{\rho} = ...
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How is $ \left(1-\frac{p^2}{2mE}\right)^{3N/2-2} =\; \exp\left(-\frac{3N}{2}\frac{p^2}{2mE}\right)\;?$ [closed]

How is $$ \left(1-\frac{p^2}{2mE}\right)^{3N/2-2} = \exp\left(-\frac{3N}{2}\frac{p^2}{2mE}\right)$$ (Karder, Statistical Physics of Particles, Page 107) in the large $E$ limit. Here $N$ is particle, ...
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Statistical mechanics of ideal gas in a box with adsorption states on surface [closed]

Assume we have a cubic box of side length 1m with ideal gas particles inside. We assume the binding energy of a gas molecule to the wall is 1eV. One can make the simplifying assumption that: ...
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on fundamental 2D conductivity equation boundary value problem

Consider the following homogeneous boundary value problem for a function/potential $u(x,y)$ on the infinite strip $[-\infty,\infty]\times[0,\pi/4]$ w/positive periodic coefficient/nductivity ...
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Existence of statistical ensemble with fixed energy but varying volume

To me, every statistical ensemble in statistical physics was introduced beginning with the microcanonical ensemble, in which every microstate is equally probable. A canonical ensemble is described by ...
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What is entanglement entropy? and all those stories about counting [closed]

In Quantum mechanics entanglement is a concept that informs us about nature of states. It is a statement about non-product states, thus correlations. This is my rather foolish view of ...
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If an Ising model is in contact with two thermal reservoirs, would it still experience a phase transition if one of the reservoirs is below Tc?

For example; Two reservoirs are at each end of a one dimensional or even two dimensional lattice. One of the reservoirs has the temperature T < Tc. Would the lattice site have a phase transition ...
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Book recommendation for nonequilibrium thermo/stat mech

I'm doing an undergrad research project that lies at the intersection of biology and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, but I'm starting to realize almost none of my equilibrium thermo/stat mech knowledge ...
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What will a glass look like in 500 years?

The glass is in a metastable state. It is changing constantly. So what will a piece of glass look like in 500 years in room temperature?
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In stochastic thermodynamics, can you define the notion of equilibrium for microstates/individual trajectories?

Recently there has been quite some research on interpreting statistical thermodynamical quantities at the level of microstates/individual trajectories. Although I did not find any ...
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Spin interaction of Virtual Phonon's forming Cooper Pairs

Im confused about the spin of virtual Phonons, my lecture notes suggested that even spin bosons repel opposite charges, and it also suggested that cooper pairs form by considering the "Charge" to be ...
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“distinguishability” of 1D identical particles

Recently when I deal with 1D electron system, it occurred to my mind that since these electrons are not able to bypass each other during the scattering processes, we can actually label them as the ...
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Has there been any experimental verification of Jeremy England's theory of dissipation-driven adaptation?

In this paper, Jeremy England discusses about dissipation-driven adaptation, which proposes a mathematical explanation for the origin of life. While there is almost general consensus on the ...
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annealed randomness vs quenched randomness

what is meaning of annealed randomness and quenched randomness? in this article used this phrase to compare the model and earthquake data.