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Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics: Linear Irreversible Processes (Oxford Graduate Texts)


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While systems at equilibrium are treated in a unified manner through the partition function formalism, the statistical physics of out-of-equilibrium systems covers a large variety of situations that are often without apparent connection. This book proposes a unified perspective on the whole set of systems near equilibrium: it brings out the profound unity of the laws which govern them and gathers a large number of results usually fragmented in the literature. The reader will find in this book a pedagogical account of the fundamental results: physical origins of irreversibility, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, Boltzmann equation, linear response, Onsager relations, transport phenomena, Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations. The book's comprehensive organisation makes it valuable both as a textbook about irreversible phenomena and as a reference book for researchers.

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Pottier (ohysics, Universté Paris Diderot) draws upon her years of graduate teaching for this study of linear irreversible processes within non equilibrium statistical physics. Unlike equilibrium, the parallels from the micro to the macro are varied and need specific methods. She divides these into two groups using in one, kinetic equations and the other, linear response theory. The subjects include the thermodynamics of irreversible processes, an introduction to this branch of physics, kinetic approaches, Brownian motion, linear response theory and transport coefficients. Each chapter is further divided by various problems and the mathematical proofs are stated clearly. Chapters have individual bibliographies and references, making it possible for professors to assign them individually. For advanced physics students and teachers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Noëlle Pottier is a Professor at University Paris Diderot, `Matière et Systèmes Complexes' (MSC) Laboratory.

Table of Contents

1. Random variables and random processes

2. Linear thermodynamics of irreversible processes

3. Statistical description of out-of-equilibrium systems

4. Classical systems: reduced distribution functions

5. The Boltzmann equation

6. Transport coefficients

7. From the Boltzmann equation to the hydrodynamic equations

8. The Bloch-Boltzmann theory of electronic transport

9. Master equations

10. Brownian motion: the Langevin equation

11. Brownian motion: the Fokker-Planck equation

12. Linear responses and equilibrium correlations

13. General linear response theory

14. The fluctuation-dissipation theorem

15. Quantum theory of electronic transport

16. Thermal transport coefficients

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Pottier, Noelle
Oxford University Press, USA
Pottier, No�lle
Pottier, Nolle
null, Noëlle
Pottier, No?lle
Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
Physics | Condensed Matter Physics
Oxford Graduate Texts
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Professional and scholarly
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6.7 x 9.7 x 1.2 in 2.531 lb

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