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

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Question about the proof that heat capacity goes to zero if temperature approaches $0K$

I don't completely understand the proof that is given for the claim that the heat capacity goes to zero, if the temperature approaches $0K$. They do it as follows, if $C_x$ is the heat capacity where ...
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Finding root mean square speed of an ideal gas [on hold]

Again a question ive never seen in my life... The molecules of an ideal gas have a root mean square speed of 520 meters per second at a temperature of 27 degrees celcius. Calculate the r.m.s speed ...
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Why is not the entropy of earth increasing? [on hold]

The entropy of earth is not increasing significantly in the past billions of years. So what is the reason? It must be because of the sunshine. But I still do not have a concrete picture.
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Simple mean-field “lattice gas” model

I'm having some conceptual problems with a simple mean-field "lattice gas" model and I'd be glad if someone could help me go further. Basically the model consists of the following hamiltonian: $$ H ...
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Local minima in Ising model in a Monte Carlo simulation

Is there any way to check whether in a Monte Carlo simulation using Ising model is stuck in any (false) local minima of energy or not, particularly in 3D system ?
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Thermal radiation in the Unruh Effect

The following formula has been given in 't Hooft's black holes notes ($|\Omega \rangle$ is the vacuum state of Minkowski space, O is a operator): $$\langle \Omega| O|\Omega \rangle = \sum_{n \ge 0} ...
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Topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problem

I would like to ask about useful reviews, must-read papers on the study of topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problems that give a good introduction to the topic.
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A functional average calculation confusion within Gaussian planar model's RG

I am trying to follow some detailed calculation in a famous paper [John, B. Kogut, Rev. Mod. Phys. 51, 659 (1979), An introduction to lattice gauge theory and spin systems]. More precisely, please ...
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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 $h^{3N}$. Each cell represents a state ...
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Reaction coordinate as a function of atomic positions

I'm going over some (molecular dynamics) related literature - specifically the derivation of the Weighted Histogram Analysis Method (WHAM). As a quick backdrop WHAM is a method for stitching ...
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bose einstein phase transition

From Carter's book Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, the partition function of a bose-einstein gas in $d$ dimensions is $$ \ln(Z) = ...
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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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Making Pudding; A complicated non-equilibrium statistical process?

There are a lot of non-equilibrium processes examples given in physics literature. But some processes that are present in everyday life are not treated. As an example, the formation of pudding can be ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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What is the entropy of a mixed state in classical physics?

Consider a classical system which admits certain macroscopic level of description. It is known, that for two pure states $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ on this level of description the entropy of the ...
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canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous?

I do not understand what the following statements from Wikipedia mean For a canonical ensemble that is quantum mechanical and continuous, the canonical partition function is defined as $$ Z = ...
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Black hole entropy

Bekenstein and Hawking derived the expression for black hole entropy as, $$ S_{BH}={c^3 A\over 4 G \hbar}. $$ We know from the hindsight that entropy has statistical interpretation. It is a measure ...
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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...
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Ewald summation without repeating one particle periodically?

I need to perform an Ewald summation for a Brownian Dynamics simulation. In the normal Ewald summation procedure, all particles in the simulation box are periodically repeated in the neighbouring ...
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Are Fermi-Dirac-statistics relevant to view the universal system of neutrinos?

Should the energy distribution of neutrinos be affected by Fermi-Dirac statistics? And if so, what would the consequences be? Could this locally cause weak interaction because of the Pauli Exclusion ...
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Helmholtz Free Energy at equilibrium [closed]

Can someone give me a derivation of why the Helmholtz free energy is a minimum at equilibrium with T and V held fixed in detail. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Why must the particles of an ideal gas be point-like?

Why is a gas of elastically colliding hard balls of finite size not ideal? Respectively: Why is it essential that the particles of an ideal gas are point-like? Especially: Which ...
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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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Counting Problems in Physics

What are some classic counting problems in physics? I'm trying to think of interesting examples to give in a math class on the matter, and I feel as if physics should have some ones to offer.
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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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Mono-atomic gas particles coupled by spring forces don't care how many particles are involved?

I calculated the partition function of $N$ classical atoms of identical mass $m$ who all experience a mutual spring forces with identical spring constant $k$. The Hamilton is \begin{align} H = ...
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How to explain the Venturi effect with Kinetic Theory?

From a macroscopic perspective a fluid flowing through a pipe gets accelerated when the pipe's cross section gets narrower. According to $F= ma$ a force must be present to do this. This force is ...
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H-theorem and Boltzmann equation applied to Boltzmann distribution

Using the Boltzmann equation: $$ \frac{dH}{dt} = \int_0^{\infty} dr \int_0^{\infty} ds W(r,s)[p_r - p_s][\ln{p_r} - \ln{p_s}],$$ and assuming $p_r = e^{-\beta r}$, the equation looks like $$ ...
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Entropy increase vs Conservation of information (QM)

Unitarity of quantum mechanics prohibits information destruction. On the other hand, the second law of thermodynamics claims entropy to be increasing. If entropy is to be thought of as a measure of ...
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Maximizing particle annihilation of a certain particle type?

Is there any theoretical situation where one would be able to maximize the production of a certain type of particle? I wish to continue discussing this question: Where would dark matter be produced? ...
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Can the energy/power required to mix two fluids together be calculated?

Given two fluids; say for example oxygen and nitrogen gases. By simply introducing, again for example 1 liter of each gas into a closed container, the process of diffusion alone will eventually cause ...
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Simple estimation of the critical temperature of water

I'm trying to develop fermi estimation skills and I came up with a question for which I don't even know where to start from. Here goes: Is it possible to estimate the critical temperature (say in ...
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Are temperature and chemical potential of a black hole independent quantities?

I am a bit confused about the independent parameters in a charged black hole in AdS spaces. From equation (63) of this lecture notes we see that the temperature (T) of the black hole has chemical ...
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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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Kinetic Theory of Liquids

I am familiar with the Kinetic Theory of a gas, where atoms or molecules are in relatively high-speed, random motion, and the bulk properties of the gas are determined by aggregations of these ...
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Dependence of heat absorbed on different ways of heating

Heat capacity depends on the delta Q (i.e small amount of heat absorbed) and delta T (i.e small change in temperature). My question is,why is the amount of heat absorbed different for different ways ...
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Entropy change in Heisenberg picture

If we stick with Heisenberg picture where density matrix $\rho$ is constant, how do we account for entropy increase? I've read the answer to State collapse in the Heisenberg picture but I don't see ...
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What are the distributions of electron speeds (a) in a star? (b) in a planet?

Ideally I would like to have an x-y graph of (x) speed relative to centre of mass of the body (star or planet) against (y) the number or percentage of electrons having that speed at a given moment in ...
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Fluctuations of an interface with hammock potential

This question is related to that one. I ask it here since comments are too short for the extended discussion that was going on there. I am interested in a very simple interface model. To each ...
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Is the energy per degree of freedom $\frac{1}{2}kT$ in relativistic systems?

The equipartition theorem says that the mean energy per degree of freedom is $\frac{1}{2} kT$. Is this result relativistically correct?
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What materials are used in non thermal plasma?

While reading about non-thermal plasmas, I came across their ionization potentials(~1%), and other capabilities, such as their non Maxwellian energy distributions. At what temperatures, and pressures ...
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Intuitively, why does removing solutes cost $k_B T$ of free energy per molecule?

I can calculate that if you want to, for example, desalinate water, you will have to pay a free energy cost of $k_B T$ for each ion you remove. In other words, removing an ion from a volume of water ...
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Motivation for the use of Tsallis entropy

Every now and again I hear something about Tsallis entropy, $$ S_q(\{p_i\}) = \frac{1}{q-1}\left( 1- \sum_i p_i^q \right), \tag{1} $$ and I decided to finally get around to investigating it. I haven't ...
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Is there any relation between temperature dependence of resistance and fermi energy in metals?

Given that the resistance varies linearly with temperature in metals, is there any way we can calculate the Fermi energy from this information?
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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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Hydrostatic forces in a bowl of cereal [duplicate]

This morning I was eating cereal which consisted of roughly spherical pieces just shy of one centimeter in diameter. By the time I was nearly finished, the cereal pieces were floating in a monolayer ...
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What real experimental systems are well-described by Glauber-Ising spins?

I'm hoping for references to actual physical systems in which all or at least most of the following can be simultaneously characterized: the spin flip rate, the temperature, and a relaxation or ...
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Find an expression for S(T,x) from tension and specific heat

I'm working on a problem from a Statistical Mechanics lecture series online, and on the homework, I hit a bump in this problem. Here is the problem set, and I'm asking about #1.c. Short version, we ...
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Partition function of a 3D vibrating string

Is the partition function of a 3D vibrating string a sum of discrete energies, an integral of an energy continuum, or both? $$ Z_{\text{disc}} = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}g_ke^{-\beta E_k} $$ or $$ ...
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Momentum distribution function for a particle in a 1D box

In these notes on statistical thermodynamics (pp. 62), I encountered this [topic: particle in a 1D box]: We shall adopt the initial condition that the probability distribution function has the ...