Elements of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

  • Eleftherios N. EconomouEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


The thermodynamic quantities of interest are – among others – the various thermodynamic potentials, such as The Internal Energy of simply Energy U or E. The Helmholtz Free Energy FU - TS. The Gibbs Free Energy GF + PV. The Enthalpy HU + PV. The Grand Thermodynamic Potential Ω = F - μN = -PV.


Gibbs Free Energy Internal Energy Statistical Mechanics Thermodynamic Potential Phononic Contribution 
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Further Reading

  1. L. D. Landau & E. M. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics, Vol.I, 3rd ed., Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1980 [ST35].Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece

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