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Quantum Statistical Mechanics

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521841467

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  • The book provides a contemporary understanding of irreversibility, particularly in quantum systems. It explains entropy production in quantum kinetic theory and in the master equation formulation of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The first half of the book focuses on the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics with emphasis on quantum mechanics. The second half of the book contains alternative views of quantum statistical mechanics, and topics of current interest for advanced graduate level study and research. Unique to textbooks on this subject, this book contains a discussion of the fundamental Gleason theorem. Quantum entanglements are treated in application to quantum computation and the difficulties arising from decoherence. The relativistic generalization of the Boltzmann equation is derived, and modern transport applications to reservoir ballistic transport are developed.

    • The first 10 chapters can serve as a complete one-semester graduate course for students from physics, chemistry, engineering and biology backgrounds
    • Provides a contemporary understanding of irreversibility, particularly in quantum systems
    • Contains a discussion of the fundamental Gleason theorem, which is unique amongst textbooks on this subject
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521841467
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 48 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foundations of quantum statistical mechanics
    2. Elementary examples
    3. Quantum statistical master equation
    4. Quantum kinetic equations
    5. Quantum irreversibility
    6. Entropy and dissipation: the microscopic theory
    7. Global equilibrium: thermostatics and the microcanonical ensemble
    8. Bose-Einstein ideal gas condensation
    9. Scaling, renormalization and the Ising model
    10. Relativistic covariant statistical mechanics of many particles
    11. Quantum optics and damping
    12. Entanglements
    13. Quantum measurement and irreversibility
    14. Quantum Langevin equation: quantum Brownian motion
    15. Linear response: fluctuation and dissipation theorems
    16. Time dependent quantum Green's functions
    17. Decay scattering
    18. Quantum statistical mechanics, extended
    19. Quantum transport with tunneling and reservoir ballistic transport
    20. Black hole thermodynamics
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Fundamental of Thermodynamics
    • Statistical Mechanics
    • Statistical Physics ll
  • Authors

    William C. Schieve, University of Texas, Austin
    W. C. Schieve is Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department and Center for Complex Quantum Systems at the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests lie in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and its applications to areas such as quantum optics, relativistic statistical mechanics, dynamical models in biophysics, and chaos theory.

    Lawrence P. Horwitz, Tel-Aviv University
    L. P. Horwitz is Professor of Physics Emeritus in the School of Physics at Tel Aviv University. He is also Professor of Physics at Bar Ilan University, and Research Director in Theoretical Physics at Ariel University.

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