By Tony Guénault (auth.)

In this revised and enlarged moment version of a longtime textual content Tony Guénault presents a transparent and refreshingly readable creation to statistical physics, an integral part of any first measure in physics. The therapy itself is self-contained and concentrates on an knowing of the actual rules, with no requiring a excessive point of mathematical sophistication.

A hassle-free quantum method of statistical averaging is followed from the outset (easier, the writer believes, than the classical approach). The preliminary a part of the booklet is geared in the direction of explaining the equilibrium homes of an easy remoted meeting of debris. hence, a number of vital subject matters, for instance an awesome spin-½ reliable, might be mentioned at an early degree. The therapy of gases offers complete assurance to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics.

Towards the tip of the ebook the coed is brought to a much broader point of view and new chapters are incorporated on chemical thermodynamics, interactions in, for instance, liquid helium-3 and helium-4, and data below severe stipulations (superconductivity and astrophysical systems).

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The thermal properties of the spins, dependent only on θ/T , are thus for a given system universal functions of B/T . We shall use this result for S in particular in the next section. 2. Typical values of θ in strong magnetic ﬁelds are a few degrees K for an electronic spin system, but a few mK for a nuclear spin system. As we shall see later in the book, there are few other thermal contributions at such low temperatures, so that the spins in fact form the major thermal bath in the solid. 3. We are restricting our discussion to a spin- 12 solid, one which has just two spin states.

On the other hand at high temperatures (meaning T θ or kB T ε) we have n0 = n1 = N /2. e. the difference in energy between them has become an irrelevance. The probability of any particle being in either of the two states is the same, just like in the penny-tossing problem of Appendix B. 2). This function is sketched in Fig. 2. 3) is the ‘zero-point’ energy, U (0), the energy T = 0. The second term is the ‘thermal energy’, U (th), which depends on the energy level spacing ε and kB T only. 27). The Z(0) factor leads to U (0) and the Z(th) factor to the U (th).

Hence the ln T term. But the actual value of G depends on the ratio of kB T to hν. It involves the quantum energy-level scale of the oscillators, so that G and S are inevitably quantum properties. 3 Applications 1. Vibrations of solids The assembly of identical harmonic oscillators was used by Einstein in the early days of quantum theory as a model for the thermal lattice vibrations of a simple atomic solid. He derived the result for the heat capacity (Fig. 10) as a universal function of (T /θ) with θ the so-called Einstein temperature characteristic of the solid.