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Advanced Statistical Mechanics$
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Barry M McCoy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556632.001.0001

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Basic principles

Basic principles

(p.3) 1 Basic principles
Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Barry M. McCoy

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the basic results of thermodynamics. It derives the basic formulas of the canonical and grand canonical ensemble from the microcanonical ensemble. It defines the concept of a partition function and free energy, and introduces the notion of phases and ergodic components. It discusses the relation of classical to quantum statistical mechanics, and explains the close relationship of statistical mechanics to quantum field theory.

Keywords:   thermodynamics, microcanonical ensemble, canonical ensemble, grand canonical ensemble, partition function, ergodic components, quantum field theory

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