Introduction to Statistical Physics

ISBN-10: 1420079026

ISBN-13: 9781420079029

Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)

Authors: Kerson Huang
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Description: Moving from basic to more advanced topics, this popular core text has been revised and expanded to reflect recent advances. While giving readers the tools needed to understand and work with random processes, it places greater focus on thermodynamics, especially the kinetics of phase transitions. The chapter on Bose–Einstein condensation has been revised to reflect improvements in the field. The edition also covers stochastic processes in greater depth, with a more detailed treatment of the Langevin equation. It provides new exercises and a complete solutions manual for qualifying instructors.

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Book details

List price: $71.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 9/21/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 333
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
A Macroscopic View of Matter
Viewing the World at Different Scales
Thermodynamics
The Thermodynamic Limit
Thermodynamic Transformations
Classic Ideal Gas
First Law of Thermodynamics
Magnetic Systems
Problems
References
Heat and Entropy
The Heat Equations
Applications to Ideal Gas
Carnot Cycle
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Absolute Temperature
Temperature as Integrating Factor
Entropy
Entropy of Ideal Gas
The Limits of Thermodynamics
Problems
Using Thermodynamics
The Energy Equation
Some Measurable Coefficients
Entropy and Loss
TS Diagram
Condition for Equilibrium
Helmholtz Free Energy
Gibbs Potential
Maxwell Relations
Chemical Potential
Problems
Phase Transitions
First-Order Phase Transition
Condition for Phase Coexistence
Clapeyron Equation
Van der Waals Equation of State
Virial Expansion
Critical Point
Maxwell Construction
Scaling
Nucleation and Spinodal Decomposition
Problems
References
The Statistical Approach
The Atomic View
Random Walk
Phase Space
Distribution Function
Ergodic Hypothesis
Statistical Ensemble
Microcanonical Ensemble
Correct Boltzmann Counting
Distribution Entropy: Boltzmann's H
The Most Probable Distribution
Information Theory: Shannon Entropy
Problems
References
Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution
Determining the Parameters
Pressure of Ideal Gas
Equipartition of Energy
Distribution of Speed
Entropy
Derivation of Thermodynamics
Fluctuations
The Boltzmann Factor
Time's Arrow
Problems
References
Transport Phenomena
Collisionless and Hydrodynamic Regimes
Maxwell's Demon
Nonviscous Hydrodynamics
Sound Wave
Diffusion
Heat Conduction
Viscosity
Navier-Stokes Equation
Problems
References
Canonical Ensemble
Review of the Microcanonical Ensemble
Classical Canonical Ensemble
The Partition Function
Connection with Thermodynamics
Energy Fluctuations
Minimization of Free Energy
Classical Ideal Gas
Problems
Grand Canonical Ensemble
The Particle Reservoir
Grand Partition Function
Number Fluctuations
Connection with Thermodynamics
Parametric Equation of State and Virial Expansion
Critical Fluctuations
Pair Creation
Problems
Noise
Thermal Fluctuations
Nyquist Noise
Brownian Motion
Einstein's Theory
Diffusion
Einstein's Relation
Molecular Reality
Fluctuation and Dissipation
Brownian Motion of the Stock Market
Problems
References
Stochastic Processes
Randomness and Probability
Binomial Distribution
Poisson Distribution
Gaussian Distribution
Central Limit Theorem
Shot Noise
Problems
References
Time-Series Analysis
Ensemble of Paths
Ensemble Average
Power Spectrum and Correlation Function
Signal and Noise
Transition Probabilities
Markov Process
Fokker-Planck Equation
The Monte Carlo Method
Simulation of the Ising Model
Problems
References
The Langevin Equation
The Equation and Solution
Energy Balance
Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem
Diffusion Coefficient and Einstein's Relation
Transition Probability: Fokker-Planck Equation
Heating by Stirring: Forced Oscillator in Medium
Problems
Quantum Statistics
Thermal Wavelength
Identical Particles
Occupation Numbers
Spin
Microcanonical Ensemble
Fermi Statistics
Bose Statistics
Determining the Parameters
Pressure
Entropy
Free Energy
Equation of State
Classical Limit
Problems
Reference
Quantum Ensembles
Incoherent Superposition of States
Density Matrix
Canonical Ensemble (Quantum-Mechanical)
Grand Canonical Ensemble (Quantum-Mechanical)
Occupation Number Fluctuations
Photon Bunching
Problems
References
The Fermi Gas
Fermi Energy
Ground State
Fermi Temperature
Low-Temperature Properties
Particles and Holes
Electrons in Solids
Semiconductors
Problems
The Bose Gas
Photons
Bose Enhancement
Phonons
Debye Specific Heat
Electronic Specific Heat
Conservation of Particle Number
Problems
References
Bose-Einstein Condensation
Macroscopic Occupation
The Condensate
Equation of State
Specific Heat
How a Phase is Formed
Liquid Helium
Problems
References
The Order Parameter
The Essence of Phase Transitions
Ginsburg-Landau Theory
Relation to Microscopic Theory
Functional integration and Differentiation
Second-Order Phase Transition
Mean-Field Theory
Critical Exponents
The Correlation Length
First-Order Phase Transition
Cahn-Hilliard Equation
Problems
References
Superfluidity
Condensate Wave Function
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
Mean-Field Theory
Observation of Bose-Einstein Condensation
Quantum Phase Coherence
Superfluid Flow
Phonons: Goldstone Mode
Problems
References
Superconductivity
Meissner Effect
Magnetic Flux Quantum
Josephson Junction
DC Josephson Effect
AC Josephson Effect
Time-Dependent Vector Potential
The SQUID
Broken Symmetry
Problems
References
Appendix
Index
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