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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 3-5
  3. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 7-20
  4. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 21-36
  5. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 37-58
  6. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 61-64
  7. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 65-69
  8. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 71-77
  9. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 79-89
  10. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 91-108
  11. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 109-112
  12. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 113-122
  13. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 123-131
  14. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 133-141
  15. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 143-157
  16. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 159-163
  17. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 165-167
  18. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 169-182
  19. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 185-219
  20. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 221-234
  21. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 235-240
  22. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 241-244
  23. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 247-252
  24. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 253-258
  25. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 259-264
  26. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 265-266
  27. J. Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
    Pages 267-269
  28. Back Matter

About this book

Introduction

This tutorial essay views thermodynamics as an incomplete description of quantum systems with many degrees of freedom.The main goal is to show that the approach to equilibrium with equilibrium characterized by maximum ignorance about the open system of interest - does neither require that many particles nor is the precise way of  partitioning relevant for the solient features of equilibrium and equilibration. Moreover it is indeed quantum effects that are at work in bringing about universal thermodynamic behaviour of modest size open systems. Von Neumann`s concept of entropy thus appears as much more widely useful than sometimes feared, way beyond truely macrosopic systems in equilibrium.

Keywords

entropy open quantum systems quantum entropy quantum thermodynamics thermodynamics

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b98082
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-22911-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-44513-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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