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Statistical Mechanics is an integral part of theoretical physics, and this book aims at presenting the fundamentals of statistical mechanics in a clear and concise manner.
The book begins with a clear exposition of classical as well as quantal equilibrium statistical mechanics. Then it moves on to give insights into the Gibbs canonical distribution, the grand canonical distribution, ideal Bose gas, ideal fermi gas, and imperfect gases. The text also delves into certain topics of special interest, such as phase-transitions, Ising model, and liquid Helium. The book concludes with a discussion of some selected topics of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.
Primarily intended as a text for postgraduate students of physics, it would also prove useful for students at the undergraduate level.
About the Author
R. K. Srivastava, Ph.D., formerly Professor of Ranchi University, has teaching (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and research experience of 38 years. He did his doctoral dissertation on statistical mechanics of quantum fluids, and has published many research papers on Distribution Function of Bose Fluids and Liquid Helium.
J. ASHOK, Ph.D., Head of Department of Physics, Ranchi College, Ranchi University, has teaching experience of more than three decades. His doctoral dissertation was on Solid State Physics, and his research work focussed mainly on Crystal Structure Determination. He has also authored/coauthored several books.
Table Of contents
Notations Used in the Book.
1. Fundamentals of Classical Statistical Mechanics.
2. Fundamentals of Quantum Statistical Mechanics.
3. Gibbs Canonical Distribution.
4. Grand Canonical Distribution.
6. Ideal Fermi Gas.
7. Ideal Bose Gas.
8. Imperfect Gases.
9. Phase Transition and Critical Phenomena.
10. The Ising Model.
11. Liquid Helium.
12. Non-Equilibrium States.
Important Physical Constants.
Important Conversion Factors.