Lecture Notes in Physics

A Concise Course on the Theory of Classical Liquids

Basics and Selected Topics

Authors: Santos, Andrés

  • Concise and self-contained introduction to the subject matter
  • Emphasis on applications to hard-sphere fluids and related models
  • Careful discussion of pro and cons of various approximate theories
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This short primer offers non-specialist readers a concise, yet comprehensive introduction to the field of classical fluids – providing both fundamental information and a number of selected topics to bridge the gap between the basics and ongoing research.  

In particular, hard-sphere systems represent a favorite playground in statistical mechanics, both in and out of equilibrium, as they represent the simplest models of many-body systems of interacting particles, and at higher temperature and densities they have proven to be very useful as reference systems for real fluids. Moreover, their usefulness in the realm of soft condensed matter has become increasingly recognized – for instance, the effective interaction among (sterically stabilized) colloidal particles can be tuned to almost perfectly match the hard-sphere model.

These lecture notes present a brief, self-contained overview of equilibrium statistical mechanics of classical fluids, with special applications to both the structural and thermodynamic properties of systems made of particles interacting via the hard-sphere potential or closely related model potentials. In particular it addresses the exact statistical-mechanical properties of one-dimensional systems, the issue of thermodynamic (in)consistency among different routes in the context of several approximate theories, and the construction of analytical or semi-analytical approximations for the structural properties.

Written pedagogically at the graduate level, with many figures, tables, photographs, and guided end-of-chapter exercises, this introductory text benefits students and newcomers to the field alike.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Summary of Thermodynamic Potentials

    Santos, Andrés

    Pages 1-11

  • Summary of Equilibrium Statistical Ensembles

    Santos, Andrés

    Pages 13-32

  • Density Expansion of the Equation of State

    Santos, Andrés

    Pages 33-96

  • Spatial Correlation Functions and Thermodynamic Routes

    Santos, Andrés

    Pages 97-124

  • One-Dimensional Systems: Exact Solution for Nearest-Neighbor Interactions

    Santos, Andrés

    Pages 125-156

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eBook $44.99
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Softcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Concise Course on the Theory of Classical Liquids
Book Subtitle
Basics and Selected Topics
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
923
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29668-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29668-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-29666-1
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 271
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 94 illustrations in colour
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