Statistical Physics

  • Dietrich Stauffer
  • H. Eugene Stanley


This chapter deals with heat and its atomic foundation and description. We shall also consider more applied questions:
  • What is “temperature”, and which of the numerous quantum states ψ n are actually realised?

  • How do we calculate, at least approximately, the properties of real materials, such as, for example, the specific heat C V ?

  • Where do macroscopic quantum effects occur, i.e. not only in the atomic region?


Partition Function Ising Model Critical Exponent Curie Point Maxwell Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietrich Stauffer
    • 1
  • H. Eugene Stanley
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität KölnKölnGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsCenter for Polymer StudiesBostonUSA

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