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Fluctuations in Physical Systems

Fluctuations in Physical Systems

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  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521655927

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  • This text introduces applied statistical mechanics by considering physically realistic models. After an accessible introduction to theories of thermal fluctuations and diffusion, Hans Pecseli applies them in a variety of physical contexts. The first part of the book is devoted to processes in thermal equilibrium, and considers linear systems. The fluctuation dissipation theorem, Fokker-Planck equations, and the Kramers-Kroenig relations are introduced during the course of the exposition. The scope is then expanded to include nonequilibrium systems and also illustrates simple nonlinear systems.

    • Applications of mathematical methods are illustrated by practical examples
    • Contains nearly 100 exercises
    • Could be used by lecturers in the preparation of problems for tests and exams
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    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521655927
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 73 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Elements of statistical analysis
    3. Fluctuations in electric circuits
    4. The fluctuation-dissipation theorem
    5. The Kramers–Kronig relation
    6. Brownian motion
    7. Random walk
    8. Density fluctuations in gases
    9. A reference model
    10. Markov processes
    11. Diffusion of particles
    12. Thermal fluctuations in a diode
    13. Fermi-acceleration
    Appendix A. The binomial distribution
    Appendix B. The Poisson distribution
    Appendix C. The gaussian distribution
    Appendix D. Dirac's d-function
    Appendix E. Physical constants
    Appendix F. The MKSA-units.

  • Author

    Hans L. Pécseli, Universitetet i Oslo

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