Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics

Introduction to Statistical Physics

Authors: Salinas, Silvio

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Intended for beginning graduate students or advanced undergraduates, this text covers the statistical basis of equilibrium thermodynamics, both classical and quantum, including examples from solid-state physics. It also treats some topics of more recent interest such as phase transitions and non-equilibrium phenomena. The approach to equilibrium statistical mechanics is based on the Gibbs microcanonical ensemble. The presentation introduces modern ideas, such as the thermodynamic limit and the equivalence of ensembles, and uses simple models (ideal gas, Einstein solid, ideal paramagnet) to make the mathematical ideas clear. Frequently used mathematical methods are reviewed in an appendix. The book begins with a review of statistical methods and classical thermodynamics, making it suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds. Classical thermodynamics is treated in the in the context of the classical ideal gas and the canonical and grand canonical ensembles. The discussion of quantum statistical mechanics includes Bose and Fermi gases. the Bose-Einstein condensation, phonons and magnons. Phase transitions are first treated classically (using the van der Waals and Curie-Weiss phenomenological models as examples), and then quantum mechanically (the Ising model, scaling theory and renormalization). The book concludes with two chapters on nonequilibrium phenomena: one using Boltzmann's approach, the other based on stochastic models. Exercises at the end of each chapter are an integral part of the course, clarifying and extending topics discussed in the text. Hints and solutions can be found on the author's web site.

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It is written in an informal, physics type style, but presents precise and well explained arguments. The list of references is well chosen and contains comments which facilitate further readings.

--Zentralblatt Math

"This book is addressed to physics students at the senior undergraduate or beginning graduate level. As such, it emphasizes physical intuition and central physical arguments over detailed mathematical justification. … Physics students will enjoy the clarity and calculated simplicity of its presentation, while acquiring a broad knowledge of the subject. But, because of its careful selection of conceptual issues and its unassuming style, the book can also be a useful reference to students in other disciplines, including mathematics … ." (Roberto Fernández, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2003 e)

"Statistical physics attempts to explain … laws by considering the large number of constituent particles from a statistical point of view. This is also the point of view of this textbook … . It is written in an informal, physics type style, but presents precise and well explained arguments. It supports intuition more than formalism, and discusses a large number of relevant examples and models. … The list of references is well chosen and contains comments which facilitate further readings." (Michael Baake, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 983, 2002)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction to Statistical Methods

    Salinas, Silvio R. A.

    Pages 1-17

  • Statistical Description of a Physical System

    Salinas, Silvio R. A.

    Pages 19-37

  • Overview of Classical Thermodynamics

    Salinas, Silvio R. A.

    Pages 39-60

  • Microcanonical Ensemble

    Salinas, Silvio R. A.

    Pages 61-83

  • Canonical Ensemble

    Salinas, Silvio R. A.

    Pages 85-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Statistical Physics
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-3508-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-3508-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-95119-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2884-9
Series ISSN
0938-037X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 378
Additional Information
Original Portuguese edition published by Editoria da Universidade de Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1997
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