Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics: Linear Irreversible Processes

Paperback | July 26, 2014

byNoelle Pottier

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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 wholeset of systems near equilibrium: it brings out the profound unity of the laws which govern them and gathers together 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 ofirreversibility, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, Boltzmann equation, linear response, Onsager relations, transport phenomena, Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations. The book's comprehensive organization makes it valuable both as a textbook about irreversible phenomena and as a reference book forresearchers.

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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 wholeset of systems near equilibrium: it brings out...

Graduate from Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 1969. Ph.D. Thesis in Solid State Physics, University of Paris, 1970. 1969: Assistant Professor (maitre de conferences), University Paris Diderot. 1988: Associate Professor (professeur de seconde classe), University Paris Diderot. 1993: Full professor (premiere classe), University Pari...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:July 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712278

ISBN - 13:9780198712275

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Table of Contents

1. Random variables and random processes2. Linear thermodynamics of irreversible processes3. Statistical description of out-of-equilibrium systems4. Classical systems: reduced distribution functions5. The Boltzmann equation6. Transport coefficients7. From the Boltzmann equation to the hydrodynamic equations8. The Bloch-Boltzmann theory of electronic transport9. Master equations10. Brownian motion: the Langevin model11. Brownian motion: the Fokker-Planck equation12. Linear responses and equilibrium correlations13. General linear response theory14. The fluctuation-dissipation theorem15. Quantum theory of electronic transport16. Thermal transport coefficients

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`The book is of high quality. It covers the important theoretical points and many interesting and important applications.'Robert Mazo, University of Oregon