Topics In Statistical Mechanics - Imperial College Press Advanced Physics Texts 3 (Hardback)
  • Topics In Statistical Mechanics - Imperial College Press Advanced Physics Texts 3 (Hardback)
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Topics In Statistical Mechanics - Imperial College Press Advanced Physics Texts 3 (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 15/09/2005
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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 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.

Publisher: Imperial College Press
ISBN: 9781860945649
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 23 mm

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