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Statistical Physics of Nanoparticles in the Gas Phase

  • Provides an didactical guided tour of many interesting phenomena and properties of free clusters and nanoparticles

  • Explores the limits of the mathematical approximations and demonstrates the power of the statistical physics method

  • Enriched with 125 exercises and over one hundred figures

  • Includes fundamental results, applications, illustrative examples and three useful appendeces


Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 1-29
  3. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 53-69
  4. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 71-96
  5. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 131-146
  6. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 147-203
  7. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 287-330
  8. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 331-348
  9. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 349-370
  10. Klavs Hansen
    Pages 371-393
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 395-416

About this book


Thermal processes are ubiquitous and an understanding of thermal phenomena is essential for a complete description of the physics of nanoparticles, both for the purpose of modeling the dynamics of the particles and for the correct interpretation of experimental data.

The second edition of this book follows the logic of first edition, with an emphasis on presentation of literature results and to guide the reader through derivations. Several topics have been added to the repertoire, notably magnetism, a fuller exposition of aggregation and the related area of nucleation theory. Also a new chapter has been added on the transient hot electron phenomenon. 

The book remains focused on the fundamental properties of nanosystems in the gas phase. Each chapter is enriched with more new exercises and three Appendices provide additional useful material.


Microcanonical Physics Molecular Beams, Ion Traps and Storage Rings Principles of Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics Quantum and Thermal Properties of Nanosystems Thermal Properties of Clusters Transient hot electron Nucleation theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of ScienceTianjin UniversityTianjinChina

About the authors

Klavs Hansen is Professor of Physics at Tianjin University. Educated at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, he has held positions in the Denmark, USA, Germany, Finland, and Sweden. His expertise is in statistical and quantum processes in free clusters and large molecules, studied at ion traps and storage rings with multiphoton ionization and fragmentation experiments. He is currently also senior visiting professor at KU Leuven.

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