Topics in Statistical Mechanics

Topics in Statistical Mechanics Building on the material learned by students in their first few years of study this book presents an advanced level course on statistical and thermal physics It begins with a review of the formal str

  • Title: Topics in Statistical Mechanics
  • Author: Brian Cowan
  • ISBN: 9781860945649
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Building on the material learned by students in their first few years of study, this book presents an advanced level course on statistical and thermal physics It begins with a review of the formal structure of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics considered from a unified viewpoint After a brief revision of non interacting systems, emphasis is laid on interacting sysBuilding on the material learned by students in their first few years of study, this book presents an advanced level course on statistical and thermal physics It begins with a review of the formal structure of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics considered from a unified viewpoint After a brief revision of non interacting systems, emphasis is laid on interacting systems First, weakly interacting systems are considered, where the interest is in seeing how such interactions cause small deviations from the non interacting case Second, systems are examined where interactions lead to drastic changes, namely phase transitions A number of specific examples are given, and these are unified within the Landau theory of phase transitions The final chapter of the book looks at non equilibrium systems and the way these evolve towards equilibrium Here, fluctuations play a vital role, as is formalized in the Fluctuation Dissipation theorem.

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