Basi(c)s of quilibrium Statistical Mechanics--Made Simple

DIPC Seminars

Philipp Strasberg, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Online Seminar, Donostia International Physics Center
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Basi(c)s of quilibrium Statistical Mechanics--Made Simple Despite its widespread use in physics (and other disciplines), many basic concepts in statistical mechanics are vigorously debated among scholars. This can cause misunderstandings and problems, in particular when one tries to apply these concepts in fields such as quantum thermodynamics, open quantum systems theory or quantum many-body physics, where one is interested in dynamics far from equilibrium and far from the thermodynamic limit. In this talk, I will explain five widely used concepts---Landauer's principle, entropy, entropy production, the second law and Clausius' inequality---in a transparent pedagogical way and show how they all fit together without becoming redundant. I also sketch how to use these concepts for current problems in open quantum systems and many-body physics. Zoom: Meeting ID: 864 4236 7455 Passcode: 074900