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

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White noise in the Langevin model and it's autocorrelation function

I am having some trouble understanding and interpreting the noise term in the Langevin equation for a colloidal particle in a fluid. By the Langevin model, I mean the following model as the equation ...
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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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Calculation of charged sphere distribution near a wall in Cartesian coordinates

I am following a similar derivation as found in the beginning of this paper "Quantitative aspects of the growth of (charged) silica spheres" by A.P. Philipse. This paper calculates the growth of a ...
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Gross “temperature” of a globular cluster

Globular clusters can be very large, which means we can do statistics about the stars in them. And that means we can try matching their star-as-particle potential/kinetic energy distribution against ...
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Two definitions of the density matrix?

There seems to be two different definitions of definitions of density matrices in Physics. In Quantum Information we define a the density matrix associated with a wave function $ | \psi \rangle$ as ...
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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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Can the second law of thermodynamics be violated in a small enough system if tried repeatedly enough?

Second law of thermodynamics is observed in the universe because statistics favors it, right? And in large enough system this statistical tendency becomes certainty. Does it also mean that negative ...
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Molecular dynamics and detailed balance

In developing methods to perform Monte Carlo simulations one sufficient condition to preserve the stationarity of the target probability distribution is to impose detailed balance i.e. [Gardiner page ...
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Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
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Why use dimensionless heat capacity?

Perhaps this is blindly obvious, but in typical discussions of statistical mechanics (with, say, constant volume) one often finds that, rather than using the heat capacity $$ C_V = \frac{\partial ...
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Adiabatic transition from superfluid to Mott insulator?

I have a question about the dynamical passage from superfluid to Mott insulator state in the Bose-Hubbard model. Is it possible to go from superfluid region to the Mott insulator by changing the ...
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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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How to interpret two distinguishable particles with N possible states?

NOTE: Please do not provide an answer to the questions. If I am incorrect, please explain why, and if I am correct, please try to further my understanding. I think that this is a constructive way to ...
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A seemingly paradox for Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis (ETH)

ETH states that for a system, all of its eigenstates thermalize. To be more specific, consider an energy eigenstate of the full system $H|n\rangle=E_n|n\rangle$. If the full system is in this ...
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Is the principle of indifference enough to derive the microcanonical ensemble?

The microcanonical ensemble is usual motivated solely by the principle of indifference. Textbooks usually say something along the lines of "If the only thing we know about a system is its total ...
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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Hamiltonian or free energy corresponding to 2+1D Kuramoto-Sivashinsky model

I am trying to understand if the deterministic 2+1D Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation $$ \partial_t h = -\nu \nabla^2 h - K \nabla^4 h + \frac{\lambda}{2} (\nabla h)^2, $$ where $\nu$, $K$, $\lambda$ ...
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Connection between statistical and quantum mechanics

I am aware of Gibbs measures, given the energy (Hamiltonian) of an arrangement, one can determine the frequency of the arrangement. Plug the energy level in the Boltzman equation and there you go. I ...
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Why is entropy an extensive quantity?

If we have two identical isolated macroscopic systems both with energy $E$. The number of accessible states of each of them is $\Omega(E)$ and hence the entropy is $\ln\Omega(E)$. Now if we put them ...
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Is the equipartition theorem derivable from more basic principles [duplicate]

Is the equipartition theorem really a theorem and derivable from more basic assumptions or is it just a hypothesis. Some of the ways energy is partition is not to squared quantum numbers (e.g. ...
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What is the word describing the pairs: temperature and energy, chemical potential and particle number?

I keep forgetting the word describing the pairs of coupled quantities in stat. mech. e.g. inverse temperature $\beta$ and internal energy $E$ or chemical potential $\mu$ and particle number $N$. I ...
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How does the Lennard Jones Potential changes for interaction between particles of different sizes?

I am interested in incorporating a Lennard-Jones potential in a simulation. When the interaction only involves the same type of particle, with same characteristics, we can use reduced units, scaling ...
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Thermodynamic transformation

Why it is so that any reversible thermodynamic transformation is quasi- static ? Also, Why the converge is not necessarily true ?
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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1D Boson Lattice Grand Canonical Partition Function [on hold]

In preparation for an exam, I have come across a question in which I am unsure how to apply the Boson statistics. For a 1d boson lattice, M sites, dispersion function $$\epsilon_k = \Delta + k^2/2m ...
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Gradient effects in continuum mechanics

What I have learned is that inhomogenous materials (materials with different material properties over space and time) can be treated by the homogenization technique ...
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Why does the Stefan-Boltzmann law work for power absorbed?

The setup is as follows: There is a body of emissivity $e$ and surface temperature $T$ whose surroundings have a temperature $T_s$ and may be assumed to be a black body. The body radiates at a ...
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Conservation of energy and realm of possibility

The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Based on this principle, you can safely conclude that any effect resulting from a cause must somehow keep all ...
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How to justify the entropy maximum postulate using Statistical Mechanics?

The entropy maximum postulate states that given a thermodynamic system there's a function $S$ of the extensive parameters called entropy which has the property that once a constraint is removed the ...
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Intuition on Gibbs measures

I am (roughly) aware of the way Gibbs measures are used to solve physical systems (e.g. the Ising model). We can basically boil it down to pinpointing a Hamiltonian. My question is, consider a ...
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How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p ...
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Application of the Mean Field Approximation for molecules

When I studied the Ising Model in a course on Statistical Physics one approach that was presented was to use the Mean Field Approximation. In the ocasion I've noticed that it is also called "molecular ...
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Why don't we observe spontaneous symmetry restoration in nature?

Why do we always observe spontaneous symmetry breaking in nature and not restoration? Does there exist some argument with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the entropy of the universe increasing? If ...
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Decimation of a triangular lattice [closed]

Consider the network of spins shown below. The Hamiltonian is given by $$H = - \sum_{\langle i j k \rangle} [J \sigma_i \sigma_j \sigma_k + J_0]$$ with $J,J_o \geq 0$ and $\langle i j k \rangle$ ...
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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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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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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Temperature in the Hamiltonian limit

There is a well known connection between statistical mechanics in D spatial dimensions and quantum field theory in D-1 spatial dimensions. Changing the temperature in statistical mechanics corresponds ...
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Statistical mechanics - average particle energy, average kinetic energy

I'm looking at derivations for average particle energy giving $E=kT$: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/kinetic/bolapp.html And average particle kinetic energy giving $K_E=\dfrac{3}{2}kT$: ...
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Deriving the correlation function of a system interacting with a bath of harmonic oscillators

I'm working on the book Quantum Effects in Biology by Mohesni et all. My question is however not biology related, it is about a section on quantum master equations in the weak system-bath coupling ...
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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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Voltage homogeneity across cell membrane

During respiration, individual cells produce a relatively large potential difference ($\sim 100$ mV) between the inside and outside, using energy to pump $H^+$ out of the cell to the liquid ...
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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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Entropy of the cosmological constant and the laws of thermodynamics?

Convention The convention being used is: $ A_{C} = $ The classical variable Premise Consider the following toy-model universe: A universe with a positive cosmological constant. Basic ...
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Why does $S = k_B \ln W$ not always apply?

I thought for a long time that the Boltzmann formula for entropy, $S = k_B \ln W$, was a universally true statement, or rather the definition of entropy from the perspective of statistical mechanics. ...
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Manking sense of an entropy equal $k_B\frac{1}{2}\ln(2)$

In problems of impurities coupled with electrons in a conduction band, like the Kondo model, is common to represent the entropy contributed by the impurity, in terms of bits, i.e. in units of ...
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Spin drift velocity?

I am currently reading this Phys Rev paper by H C Torrey. In this paper, he derives the Bloch equations with an additional diffusion term. He says that the current density is given by $$\mathbf ...
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Confusion about the number of micro states and approximating it for large number of particles

Hopefully after reading the meta site, I can now rephrase the question as more relevant to this site, this is a question related to statistical physics: Let us suppose we are given a system with ...
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Why is entropy additive?

Although it seems simple, I can't get the derivation correct. Here is my reasoning: $P(S)=P(A)P(B)$ Where P is the probability and S, A, and B denote different systems. $S_A=-P(A)\ln P(A)$ and ...
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Approximate expression for the ground state of hopping Hamiltonian

In second quantization, the Hamiltonian describing the hopping process between two neighboring sites is given ($N$ - number of particles and $M$ - number of sites) by: $$\hat{\mathcal H} = ...