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Statistical Mechanics

Official description

Brief review of thermodynamics.

Liouville theorem, Liouville equation, Poincare recurrences.

The main postulate of statistical mechanics.

Microcanonical and canonical ensembles.

Grand canonical distribution and chemical equilibrium.

Nonideal classical systems, vdW and the liquid-gas transition.

Kinetic theory and the Boltzmann equation. Boltzmann's H-theorem.

The quantum microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions.

The density matrix: pure and mixed states; the quantum Liouville equation; the use of imaginary time.

The quantum ideal gases: general formulae for any statistics.

The ideal Fermi gas; examples of applications.

The ideal Bose gas: Bose condensation and examples of applications.

The weakly nonideal Bose gas and superfluidity; the Debye model of crystals.

course title
general course
time and location
Wednesday 10 am - noon, MP 1115
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