Statistical Mechanics

  • Franz Schwabl

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Franz Schwabl
    Pages 1-23
  3. Franz Schwabl
    Pages 25-73
  4. Franz Schwabl
    Pages 75-164
  5. Franz Schwabl
    Pages 165-220
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    Pages 221-263
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    Pages 265-325
  8. Franz Schwabl
    Pages 433-474
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 509-574

About this book


In addition to a deductive approach to equilibrium statistics and thermodynamics based on a single hypothesis - the form of the microcanonical density matrix - this book treats the most important elements of non-equilibrium phenomena. Intermediate calculations are presented in complete detail. Problems at the end of each chapter help students to consolidate their understanding of the material. Beyond the fundamentals, this text demonstrates the breadth of the field and its great variety of applications. Modern areas such as renormalization group theory, percolation, stochastic equations of motion and their applications to critical dynamics, as well as fundamental considerations of irreversibility, are discussed. The text will be useful for advanced students of physics and other natural sciences; a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is presumed.


Boltzmann Equation Brownian Motion Carnot Critical Phenomena Criticality Distribution Function Entropy Equilibrium Ensemble Irreversibility Langevin Equation Magnetism Microcanonical Nonequilibrium Phenomena Percolation Phase Transition Pro

Authors and affiliations

  • Franz Schwabl
    • 1
  1. 1.Physik-DepartmentTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-04704-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04702-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-2674
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