Covers the study of (mostly homogeneous) macroscopic systems from a heat/energy/entropy point of view. Maybe combine with [tag:statistical-mechanics].

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What are the limitations of velocity selective coherent population trapping?

I'm somewhat familiar with limitations of Doppler cooling, particularly with the one photon recoil limit, but what I was curious about was what is the next barrier to cooling approaching absolute zero?...
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How to understand better this point of view on entropy?

On the book "Applied Differential Geometry" by William Burke we see a discussion about thermodynamics in which the following is said: A thermodynamic system is a homogeneous assembly that includes ...
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Definition of emissivity?

A have come across a definition of emissivity which is along the following lines: Emissivity is the power emitted per solid angle per frequency per surface area. This definition, however seems ...
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if copper is heated, does it become negatively charged?

i'm reading "Electronics for inventors" and there's this part where it says that free electrons never escape material due to electrostatic attraction with positive ions, but if heated, electrons are ...
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What is an extremal horizon?

In the contest of holography and thermodynamics, what is an extremal horizon? I am going through a paper by Hartnoll, Santos - Disordered Horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points. They ...
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Is work only a change of kinetic or potential energy?

I find out on the internet that work is a transfer of energy essentially kinetic. What is the use of work if it does not consider all the types of energy applied , i mean sometimes an objects internal ...
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Did the universe have a temperature during inflation?

I've heard it said that inflation was not an equilibrium process. But I've also heard it said that during inflation, the temperature of the universe was much cooler than before or after. If the ...
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A question about ultimate computation capability

If we consider the physical limit of computational capability of a system with average energy $E$, then (1) According to Margolus and Levitin, a quantum system with average energy $E$ takes time at ...
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The Ideal Gas Equation in higher dimensions

Basically I wanted to know whether or not the ideal gas equation, $PV=NkT$ would hold in higher dimensions? If so, how would you go about proving this? I can't see any reason as to why it shouldn't ...
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solar energy on a specific location

How to find the amount of solar wattage in any specific place on earh in a monthly manner? by solar wattage I mean the energy recieved from the sun in a squared meters.
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Thermodynamics of Rubik's cube

I was wondering... Could it be possible to calculate the entropy change while rearranging a Rubik's cube from a given arbitrary arrangement? I tried with 3*3*3=27 microstates...but achieved a pretty ...
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Carnot cycle in steam processes

Our professor told us that in steam processes, such as Clausis-Rankine process, Carnot's cycle is impossible to achieve. Can someone explain why?
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ferromagnetic and Curie temperature. Energy question

Is energy absorb and release back when a ferromagnetic material heats and cools passing through the Curie temperature?
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Different ways to calculate the bulk modulus

I am trying to calculate the bulk modulus of unit cells of materials with trigonal or monoclinic structure using two different methods: -The first one is by fitting the changes of volume and energy ...
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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: http://srv2.fis.puc.cl/~...
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why stack width is larger than the thermal and viscous penetration depth in thermoacoustic refrigerator?

The thermal and viscous penetration depth is smaller than the spacing in the stack:this assumption leads to the simplification of Rott‟s functions, where the complex hyperbolic tangents can be set ...
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Do we know how much energy is released in internal conversion (fluorescence)?

In the Jablonski Diagram, when photons hit a surface and certain frequencies are absorbed, then internal conversion occurs to the excited portions of the surface and energy is released as heat (If I ...
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Cooling of a surface due to fluid passing over it

I am working on a project that requires me to measure the cooling effect of a liquid flowing through a surface. In order for me to effectively calculate the cooling effect, the solution of the below ...
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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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Energy contribution due to matter transfer

I have a very important question that lingers in my mind for a long time: In the fundamental relations of Gibbsian Thermodynamics, I simply don't understand how the last term appears. I have ...
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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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Thermodynamic derivation of condition for equilibrium of triple line

Edit:(4/1/2016) Okay, I get how the required equation arises from force balance. All forces are acting on the same length, so the length cancels out of the equation and what we've got is essentially ...
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Why dynamic equilibrium exists?

We know that at equilibrium Gibbs energy is minimum. We also know that at equilibrium both forward and reverse reactions occur simultaneously, and also we know that for a reaction to be spontaneous ...
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Derivation of a equation in closed, phases coexisting system

I'm trying to show that for a closed system consisting of two phases coexisting in equilibrium at a temperature $T$ and under a pressure $P$. $$(\frac{\partial P}{\partial V})_S=-\frac{T}{C_v}(\frac{...
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Reverse-engineering an equation of state

Suppose we have a fluid of some kind with a (let's keep it simple) barotropic equation of state: $p = p(\rho)$. Typically, I see that one starts with a function $p$ and $\textit{then}$ solves the ...
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How to derive an expression for entropy generation in a diffusive, reacting continuum

I'm trying to understand a derivation from "The Thermodynamics of Linear Fluids and Fluid Mixtures," by Miloslav Pekař and Ivan Samohýl (2014). The derivation produces an expression for the entropy ...
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Why isn't Hydrogen used as fuel in Internal combustion engine?

I was looking at hydrogen cars and found out that hydrogen is mainly used in hydrogen cells to produce electricity instead of combusting it like gasoline in a cylinder to produce heat energy. Why isn'...
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Gauss-Bonnet correction to Carnot's efficiency

Could any one tell explicitly, how did the author get $Tc$ Vs $\alpha$ Plot given in Figure 3 in Gauss-Bonnet Black Holes and Holographic Heat Engines Beyond Large N
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In an equilibrium of two systems, why is not true that $\frac{\delta S_{1}}{\delta N_{1}} = \frac{\delta S_{2}}{\delta N_{2}}$?

Why is not true that $\frac{\delta S_{1}}{\delta N_{1}} = \frac{\delta S_{2}}{\delta N_{2}}$ across two systems that exchange particles? It is true, instead, that $\frac{\delta F_{1}}{\delta N_{1}} = ...
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Substantial uneasiness as to the Joule free expansion (unresolved in spite of many readings)

Ok so, to do things well, let me present the set-up: we have an insulated container that is partitioned into two equal halves, one of which contains an ideal gas with parameters P1, V1 and T1, the ...
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What happens to carbon deposits in car engines when heated?

I am trying to determine the characteristics of carbon deposits in a gasoline automobile engine. Will the carbon deposits in and around the cylinders of an automobile engine soften, harden, or ...
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Is there any relation between the entropy of a system and the kinetic energy of molecules in the system?

The kinetic energy of the molecules in the system increases when we provide heat to the system,thereby increasing its temperature under certain conditions. Similarly providing heat to a liquid ...
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First law of thermodynamics with additional term

I read in a paper that a "known expression for the heat received by a body" is $$dQ=dU+pdV-\mathbf{v}\cdot d\mathbf{P}$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ is the linear momentum of the body, $p$ is the pressure, $U$...
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entropy and dispersion

If I know the positions and the speeds of each particle in a box over the time, how can I compute the entropy ? (I`m making a simulation where I want to show that the disperion of the particles over ...
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In a heat pump, why is $Q_{h} - Q_{c} = W_{on}$?

I need help patching up the current holes in my understanding of a heat pump's process. I've explained my understanding and questions that accompany it. The standard explanation as to why $Q_{h} - ...
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Heat Capacities ratio equal to 1

In which situations can be found the ratio between $C_{P}$ and $C_{V}$ to be equal to the unity? I have read in other places that it happens for liquids and solids because they can be assumed to be ...
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Is Gibbs free energy really a true energy that can be used to do work?

Gibbs energy came from the relation $$\Delta S_\text{universe}= \Delta S_\text{surroundings}+\Delta S_\text{system}\ge 0.$$ By little algebra, we can arrive at $$\Delta S_\text{universe}= \frac{-\...
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Why doesn't entropy get decreased in adiabatic expansion process?

I was reading the second step of Carnot cycle in which the system undergoes adiabatic expansion doing work & thus decreasing the internal energy of itself. The entropy didn't change as no further ...
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Why does hot water and cold water makes different sounds while filling a bucket from a tap

When I fill hot water in a bucket while bathing, there is a difference in the noise it makes compared to cold water. Is there any Relation between temperature of water and sound it makes during ...
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Dependence of the magneto-rotational instability (MRI) on thermal relaxation?

The MRI is the most efficient driver of turbulence in accretion discs (as measured by the effective scalar stress). The magnetic field, being properly coupled to the gas (weak coupling), connects the ...
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Best introduction to the link between information and thermodynamics

I have a solid understanding of classical thermodynamics, as well as a reasonable understanding of statistical mechanics and some of the philosophical issues regarding entropy. However, I've never ...
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Analog to the Gay-Lussac free expansion experiment for a gas of photons?

Can the experiment of Gay-Lussac and Joule on the free expansion of (ideal) gas be repeated for 'light' (gas of photons)?
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LED characteristics to use in heating a material sample?

I am looking to be able to heat a sample of material, typically less than 500mg and sitting in a fused silica sample holder about 10mm diameter. Wondering about using (say) a 5W LED with narrow ...
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Deriving the adiabatic relation for an ideal gas from a differential geometry point of view

Recall $Q = dU + W$ (First Thermodynamic law, energy conservation). If $Q=0$ (for adiabatic process, either adiabatic expansion or contraction), and supposing $W = pdV$, then $0 = dU + pdV$. Either ...
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WIll aluminium foil get hot in microoven if I wrap it with paper?

A aluminium foil doesn't get hot easily because of it's heat conductivity. Will it get hot in microwave oven if I wrap it with paper?
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Average distance between molecules

What is the average distance betweeen the gas molecules in a classroom? I want to use that $$l= \frac{kT}{p \pi d^2 \sqrt{2}} $$ where $k$ is Boltzmann's constant and d the diameter of the molecule. ...
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Problem in deriving the inner energy of a photon gas

We know that photons, as bosonic particles, obey Bose-Einstein statistics with $$ \langle n_{\mathbf{k} \sigma} \rangle = \frac{1}{\exp(\hbar \omega_k/k_B T) - 1} $$ the average number of photons in a ...
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Adiabatic Surfaces in thermodynamics

In some lecture notes on thermodynamics there is a discussion as to whether by assuming the first law of thermodynamics alone we can prove the existence of a adiabatic surface in three dimensions. To ...
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What is the relation between scattering amplitudes, fluctuations, response functions and correlations in macroscopic equilibrium systems?

In Kardar's book Statistical Physics of Fields, he mentions that that correlations at different length scales can be measured by scattering. If its electric correlations, you would scatter light and ...
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Is there a local canonical ensemble partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas?

The grand canonical partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas is $$ Z_{\text{grand bos}} = \exp \left( \sum_{j=0}^{\infty} -\ln \left( 1-e^{\beta(\mu-\epsilon_j)} \right)g_j \right) $$ where $\beta$ ...