Introduction

  • Ola Bratteli
  • Derek W. Robinson
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Abstract

In this chapter, and the following one, we examine various applications of C*-algebras and their states to statistical mechanics. Principally we analyze the structural properties of the equilibrium states of quantum systems consisting of a large number of particles. In Chapter 1 we argued that this leads to the study of states of infinite-particle systems as an in it ial approximation. There are two approaches to this study which are to a large extent complementary.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ola Bratteli
    • 1
  • Derek W. Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Matematisk InstituttUniversitetet i OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.School of Mathematical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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