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

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Does fluctuation really occur in equilibrium as its microstates are allowed to occur by Fundamental Postulate in equilibrium?

The Fundamental Postulate says: In equilibrium, all accessible microstates are equally likely. Accessible means having same energy.(right?) Let a container is taken full of gas having number of ...
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Understanding the concept of temperature vs. mean energy/heat capacity of a system

I need help understanding a concept in thermodynamics. What is the relationship between temperature and mean energy? What is the relationship between temperature and heat capacity? What I know: ...
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Why is entropy defined as a discrete sum over all microstates in classical case?

I'm reading about statistical definition of entropy, which says $$S=-k_B\sum_ip_i\ln p_i,\tag1$$ where $k_B$ is Boltzmann's constant, and $p_i$ is probability of $i$th state to be occupied. But in ...
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Why do we work in thermodynamic limit in statistical physics?

It is often stated that we work in thermodynamic limit at the beginning of courses on statistical physics $$N \to \infty, V \to \infty, \quad\frac{N}{V}=n=\textrm {constant}$$ what is less often ...
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Periodic ground state 1-dim ising model

Good evening! I'm at the beginning of my study about the Ising model and it has been proposed to me this problem: Find all periodic ground-state configuration for the following one-dimensional Ising ...
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Forward and backward work distributions in fluctuation theorem

Fluctuation theorems such as Jarzynski equality and Crooks theorem (Link), show that $\frac{P_f(W)}{P_b(-W)}=\,exp[\beta(W- \,\Delta F)]$ where $W$ is work done on the system during each ...
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Proof of Liouville's theorem: Relation between phase space volume and probability distribution function

I understand the proof of Liouville's theorem to the point where we conclude that Hamiltonian flow in phase-space is volume preserving as we flow in the phase space. Meaning the total derivative of ...
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Statistical mechanics vs. many-body theory

Where is the basic difference of statistical mechanics with many-body physics? What are the systems which cannot be studied in statistical mechanics but in many body theory? After all we know ...
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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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What is the meaning of Boltzmann definition of Entropy?

I would like to ask if someone knows the physical meaning of Boltzmann's definition of entropy. of course the formula is pretty straightforward $$S=K_b\ln(Ω)$$ but what in the heck is the natural ...
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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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Does ergodic hypothesis depend on the volume constraint of the macrostate or it only concerns with the energy constraint of the macrostate?

Ergodic hypothesis says that: [...] ergodic hypothesis says that, over long periods of time, the time spent by a system in some region of the phase space of microstates with the same energy is ...
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Bose-Einstein condensation and phase transition

I would like to ask the following question for which I cannot find a definite answer in the literature. Of what ORDER is the phase transition leading to Bose-Einstein condensation for a ideal and ...
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Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: On the Validity of Kirchhoff's Law

Lately I've been researching about the black-body spectrum and the historical development of Planck's Law. I mainly wanted to understand a little bit more why many different objects (Stars, Hot ...
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Microstates, Distribution of Particles, and the Probability of an Empty Compartment

If I have a closed system composed of $N$ particles and $p$ compartments, the total number of microstates available to that system is $$ p^N $$ Now say I want to find the probability that any one of ...
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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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Number theoretic loophole allows alternative definition of entropy?

A bit about the post I apologize for the title. I know it sounds crazy but I could not think of an alternative one which was relevant. I know this is "wild idea" but please read the entire post. ...
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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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Doesn't the success of statistical physics seem somewhat unreasonable?

It seems to me a rather big coincidence that statistical physics works so well. I can see how consistent macroscopic observations can occur just because the microstates that give rise to that ...
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Why is the logarithm of the number of all possible states of a system differentiable?

Temperature of a system is defined as $$\left( \frac{\partial \ln(\Omega)}{ \partial E} \right)_{N, X_i} = \frac{1}{kT}$$ Where $\Omega$ is the number of all accessible states (ways) for the system. $ ...
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Have we found a resolution to the Loschmidt paradox? [duplicate]

Loschmidt's Paradox (also known as the Reversibility Paradox) claims that it is not possible to deduce an irreversible process from time-symmetric dynamics such as the classic dynamics. This puts the ...
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What is the cause for the inclusion of 'thermal equilibrium' in the statement of Ergodic hypothesis?

This is the fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics: In an isolated system in thermal equilibrium $^1$, all accessible microstates are equally probable. But why does it mention the ...
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Why was the universe in a extraordinarily low-entropy state right after the big bang?

Let me start by saying that I have no scientific background whatsoever. I am very interested in science though and I'm currently enjoying Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos. I'm at chapter 7 and ...
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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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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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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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Spontaneity / Free Energy of Non-Isothermal Process

I'm trying to determine a lower bound for the work input necessary to make an entropy-reducing process "spontaneous" in the sense that the 2nd law is not violated. For a constant temperature and ...
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According to Liouville's theorem, why is the measure on an energy-surface different from the measure on the phase space in general

I recently read Khinchin's derivation of Liouville's theorem. I was able to follow the math for the most part, however I was hoping for an intuitive understanding about why the form of the measure on ...
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Monte Carlo Metropolis method - trial step algorithm [migrated]

I'm working on a Magnetization simulation and writing an algorithm using the metropolis method. I am using a change in energy and a Boltzmann distribution, but, my question is about the trial step. ...
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Obtaining the canonical distribution from Fokker-Planck equation?

First I will provide a summary of the problem. Subsequently, I will provide more detail regarding the problem. Please note that entropy is in units of the Boltzmann constant. Summary I have a ...
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Did temp change affect the propagation of sound? If yes then how? [closed]

propagation of sound is affected by change in temperature. Is it increases or decreases and how?
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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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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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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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Why does the Boltzmann factor $e^{-E/kT}$ seem to imply that lower energies are more likely?

I'm looking for an intuitive understanding of the factor $$e^{-E/kT}$$ so often discussed. If we interpret this as a kind of probability distribution of phase space, so that $$\rho(E) = ...
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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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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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What is the conceptual difference between Gibbs and Boltzmann entropies?

In simple words what is the conceptual difference between Gibbs and Boltzmann entropies? Gibbs entropy: $S=-k_B\sum p_i\ln p_i$ Boltzmann entropy: $S=-k_B\ln \Omega$
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Could temperature have been defined as $-\partial S/\partial U$?

When coming up with a definition of temperature, it's typical to start with an empirical definition that a system with a hotter temperature tends to lose heat to a system with a colder temperature. ...
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What is the physical fundamentals of Pascal's law

Pascal's law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal's Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible ...
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Extending the ergodic theorem to non-equilibrium systems

I try to make this as short and concise as possible. For equilibrium systems in statistical mechanics, we have the Liouville's theorem which says that the volume in phase space is conserved when the ...
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Calculating the entropy in statistical mechanics [closed]

A system is at constant temperature , with two available energy levels E1 & E2 with degeneracies g1 & g2 . p1 & p2 is the probability of occupancy of each energy level. What is the ...
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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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How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical mechanics?

How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical mechanics? To prove entropy will only increase with time? How to prove? Please guide.
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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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Condensate fraction and single-particle density matrix

In Bose–Einstein condensation (BEC), how to prove the largest eigenvalue of the single-particle density matrix $$\rho_{ij}=\frac{\langle\Psi|a_i^{\dagger}a_j|\Psi\rangle}{N}$$ is ...
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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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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 ...