On the Quantum Correction For Thermodynamic Equilibrium

February 8, 2024
5:00pm to 6:00pm

Blue Room

Specialist level
Alexander Bernal

Blue Room


Alexander Bernal will present "On the Quantum Correction For Thermodynamic Equilibrium"  por Eugene P. Wigner (Phys. Rev. 40 (1932), 749).

Abstract: The probability of a configuration is given in classical theory by the Boltzmann formula exp[−V/hT],  where V  is the potential energy of this configuration. For high temperatures this of course also holds in quantum theory. For lower temperatures, however, a correction term has to be introduced, which can be developed into a power series of h. The formula is developed for this correction by means of a probability function and the result discussed.

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