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

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How does temperature relate to the kinetic energy of molecules?

In ideal gas model, temperature is the measure of average kinetic energy of the gas molecules. If by some means the gas particles are accelerated to a very high speed in one direction, KE certainly ...
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Number of microstates compatible with two boxes

From my notes I have: From one point of view there are many more microstates compatible with the LHS than the RHS, in fact the relation between the number of microstates is ...
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Construction of free energy based on Landau theory

Consider an Ising model system where the total energy is $E = −J \sum_{<ij>} S_iS_j $, $S_i = \pm 1$ and $< ij >$ implies sum over nearest neighbours. For $J < 0$ the ground state of ...
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Virial Theorem and the Energy in a Gas

I clearly am interpreting the Virial Theorem incorrectly, but I don't know how. In dipole gases, the molecules can exhibit five kinetic modes, while they can only experience 2 potential modes. Doesn't ...
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Counting the number of microstates that there are for a given configuration. How to prove this result?

I'm doing some statistical physics and I came across a result which I'm not sure how to derive. Any help? The answer turns out to be: Can anyone help with this derivation? Thank you :D
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Particles with spin and probability theory

I'm studying Statistical Mechanics but I'm not being able to understand some points on how probability theory ideas are being applied so I'm going to ask on the context of a particular problem that is ...
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Why $\epsilon > \mu$ for Bose-Einstein distribution (but not for Fermi-Dirac)?

For fermions $$\bar{n}_{FD}=\frac{1}{e^{(\epsilon -\mu)/KT}+1}$$ and $\epsilon$ can be bigger or small than $\mu$. However, for bosons: $$\bar{n}_{BE}=\frac{1}{e^{(\epsilon -\mu)/KT}-1}$$ which ...
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“Definition” of internal energy

Conversation of energy implies that if we have a thermally insulated system which goes from state 1 to state 2: $$\Delta E_{12}=E(2)-E(1)=\Delta W_{12}$$ and the 1st law of thermodynamics ...
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System of two harmonic oscillators and its quantum partition function

Consider a system of two harmonic oscillators with different frequencies $\omega_1,\omega_2$ and masses $m_1,m_2$ so the hamiltonian is $$\mathcal{H}(p_1,q_1;p_2,q_2)=\sum_{i=1}^2 ...
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Historical Survey of Statistical Mechanics

Statistical mechanics is a subject with a particularly rich history. I think of the early debates of Boltzmann and Loschmidt, the rather confusing differences between the approaches of Gibbs and ...
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Sufficient conditions for Equipartition Theorem to hold

I was wondering what are the sufficient conditions for the Equipartition Theorem. I know there is another question (For which systems is the equipartition theorem valid?) that somewhats answers this ...
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Pauli paramagnetism for electrons with external magnetic field

Apparently it is to be shown that for electrons under an external magnetic field, in the limit as $B\to 0 $ $$ \chi = \frac{dM}{dB} \approx \frac{n\,\mu^{*^2}}{k\,T}\,\frac{f_{1/2}(z)}{f_{3/2}(z)} $$ ...
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How to derive the critical temperature for Bose-Einstein condensation of photon?

I found in Nature magazine that photon can have Bose-Einstein condensation. But I have a question how to derive the critical temperature for photon? Because the chemical potential of photon is zero ...
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Could Navier-Stokes equation be derived directly from Boltzmann equation?

I know how to derive Navier-Stokes equations from Boltzmann equation in case where bulk and viscosity coefficients are set to zero. I need only multiply it on momentum and to integrate it over ...
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Thermodynamics, chaperones : How to model polymer fragmentation

Living polymers are well described by equilibrium statistical physics. Now I would like to consider a case were living polymers undergo fragmentation due to chaperones. I can think of a kinetic ...
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When would the Gross-Pitaevskii equation break down as $a\rightarrow \infty$?

It is now common to use Feshbach resonance to tune the s-wave scattering length of a Bose-Einstein condensate. Apparently as $a\rightarrow \infty$, the GPE would break down. The reason is that it ...
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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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Why does the superconductivity hamiltonian have a µ term, while the superfluid does not?

In every discussion of SC and SF that I read (e.g. Simons), the SC Hamiltonian (BCS) has a $\epsilon_k - \mu$ in the kinetic part of the Hamiltonian, while the SF Hamiltonian has just a $\epsilon_k + ...
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Calculating quantum partition functions

...By quantizing we the get the following Hamiltonian operator $$\hat{H}=\sum_{\mathbf{k}}\hbar \omega(\mathbf{k})\left(\hat{n}(\mathbf{k})+\frac{1}{2} \right)$$ where ...
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why can noise induce multistability, particularly in (bio)chemical systems

There are several instances that people claim that a system is monostable in a deterministic model, but when they consider stochastic models, from either master equations or Fokker-Planck equations, ...
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Showing existence of negative temperature for a quantum system

It may be shown that the partition function for a quantum system containing N distinguishable particles each of which has energy state $\epsilon_1$ and $\epsilon_2$ is given by ...
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Temperature and Renormalization Scale in QFT

A particle physicist told me that everything in Peskin & Schroder is at zero temperature, and once you consider finite-$T$ QFT, things become more complicated. Meanwhile, I sometimes see people ...
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When obtaining the thermodynamic entropy (e.g. by differentiating F) the average entropy is being found. In what sense is this an average?

If I have some expression of the entropy (or another thermodynamic quantity of a system (e.g. pressure) obtained from the Helmholtz free energy, F. Is this the mean (average) or the modal (most ...
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Why do we get the same result using different ensembles?

There are different kinds of ensembles: microcanonical, canonical, grand-canonical... But for a particular system, no matter whether the system is isolated or closed, they just give the same result of ...
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First and second order phase transitions

Recently I've been puzzling over the definitions of first and second order phase transitions. The Wikipedia article (at the time of writing) starts by explaining that Ehrenfest's original definition ...
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How does Metropolis algorithm work in the Ising model?

I was reading the proof of Metropolis algorithm. The transition probability of going from a state $i$ to a state $j$ is $\pi_{ij}$. If I understand correctly, this is the product $\pi_{i ...
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How do i mathematically represent reflection in a (diffusion) Problem?

I am trying to formulate boundary conditions and it occurred to me that I never had to implement a reflective boundary before. The example is a one dimensional diffusion, where at $x=0$ the ...
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Is Kinetic Theory part of Statistical Mechanics?

Some years ago from now I've seem some basic details about what was then called "kinetic theory of gases" where the study of property of gases was made by statistical considerations about the momentum ...
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Susceptibilities and response functions

It is often confusing whether a susceptibility is the same as a response function, specially that often they are used interchangeably, in the context of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Very ...
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Boltzmann Distribution - why maximum number of microstates?

I've recently started to learn statistical mechanics and I've run into Boltzmann Distribution. I wanted to see how it is derived and found some articles on web, but no one of them explain why the idea ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...
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Interesting question in Statistical Mechanics involving Lennard-Jones potential [closed]

Atoms in a molecule interact according to the Lennard-Jones potential: $U(r) = A/r^9 − B/r^6 , (A, B > 0)$. The coefficient of linear expansion of the molecule is defined as $αl ≡ ...
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Interesting: Estimate range of Coulomb interactions. [closed]

I am new to Statistical Mechanics and I just came across this question. Can anyone help me with how to solve/approach it? All the atoms in a hot plasma are completely ionized. Despite the presence ...
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For an isolated system, can the entropy decrease or increase?

In any sizable system, the number of equilibrium states are much, much greater then the number of non-equilibrium states. Since each accessible micro state is equally probably, it is overwhelmingly ...
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Calculating temperature from molecular dynamics simulation

My understanding is that temperature is an inherently macroscopic quantity, but I've seen a number of people talk about calculating the temperature of ideal-gas simulations like this one. To take one ...
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Identity and indistinguishability in quantum and statistical mechanics [closed]

My question is on the use of the concept of indistinguishable particles (in quantum mechanics) in a very general context and in particular in statistical mechanics. I have made clear some of my ...
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Is there an analytic solution for this Fokker-Planck equation? [migrated]

The Fokker-Planck equation for a probability distribution $P(\theta,t)$: \begin{align} \frac{\partial P(\theta,t)}{\partial ...
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Renormalization Group and Ising with d=1 and D=1

I have a question about the results of RG on Ising model. I know it's possible to obtain two couple of relations $K'(K)$, $q(K')$ $K(K')$, $q(K)$ between the coupling costants. My problem arise ...
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phase-space volumes or cells for N particle system

For N non interacting spinless particles in a volume, we have 3N degrees of freedom and we can divide the phase space into 6N dimensional cells of volume h raised to power 3N. And each cell ...
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Bose-Einstein Grand Canonical partition function derivation step

The total grand canonical partition function is $$\mathcal{Z} = \sum_{all\ states}{e^{-\beta(E-N\mu)}} = \sum_{N=0}^\infty\sum_{\{E\}}{e^{-\beta(E-N\mu)}}$$ For Bose-Einstein or Fermi-Dirac, the ...
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Singularities across the critical isotherm in Landau's phenomenological theory of phase transition

Why don't we encounter any singularities when crossing the critical isotherm when $h \neq 0$ or $m\neq0$, where $h$ is the ordering field and $m$ is the order parameter.
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Meaning of the symmetrisation postulate in absence of a proper model

My question is on the use of the concept of indistinguishable particles (in quantum mechanics) in a very general context and in particular in statistical mechanics. I have made clear some of my ...
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Precise statement of Mermin–Wagner theorem

Roughly speaking, Mermin-Wagner theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with sufficiently short-range interactions in dimensions ...
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Simplifying a Vector Integral

This question has (long) remained unanswered on MSE. While reading the book - Theory and Applications of Boltzmann Transport Equation by Cercignani, I found this integral which I am unable to ...
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Can one apply the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation to the exponential of the Laplacian?

Is there a generalization of the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation that transforms the exponential of the Laplacian into a Gaussian integral? Or can anyone suggest me how I can find the ...
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Fermi-Dirac Statistics

In Fermi-Dirac statistics the probability of being in a certain energy state is $$f(E) = \left[1 + \exp\left(\frac{E-E_F}{k T}\right)\right]^{-1}$$ In the area that I'm looking at the texts always ...
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Drifting Maxwellian distribution for energy

Assume I have a drifting Maxwellian distribution with velocity $\vec{a}$, say, in the x-direction, so something like $$ f(\vec{v}) = n\left(\frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Statistical Mechanics deals with the same systems that Thermodynamics does?

Thermodynamics deals with "equilibrium states of macroscopic matter", that is, considering macroscopic systems there are states which can be characterized fully by a few number of measured degrees of ...
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What does the behavior of the pair correlation function look like in the vicinity of the critical point?

What does the g(r) look like near the critical point? I know what the pair correlation function (radial distribution function) should look like for a solid, which has regular packing and therefore ...
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The unreasonable effectiveness of the partition function

In a first course on statistical mechanics the partition function is normally introduced as the normalisation for the probability of a particle being in a particular energy level. ...