Summary of Equilibrium Statistical Ensembles
In this chapter a summary of the main equilibrium ensembles is presented, essentially to fix part of the notation that will be needed later on. The phase-space probability density associated with each ensemble is derived by maximization of the Gibbs entropy under the appropriate constraints. For simplicity, most of this chapter is restricted to one-component systems, although the extension to mixtures is straightforward and is presented in the last section.
KeywordsPartition Function Thermodynamic Limit Canonical Ensemble Thermodynamic Potential Isothermal Compressibility
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