Texts and Readings in Physical Sciences

Intermediate Statistical Mechanics: A Handbook
Jayanta K. Bhattacharjee and Dhruba Banerjee

Trips-18In this new textbook, Bhattacharjee and Banerjee discuss a number of unusual applications in addition to the usual topics covered in a course on Statistical Physics. Examples are the statistical mechanics of powders, Peierls instability, graphene, Bose-Einstein condensates in a trap, Casimir effect and the quantum Hall effect. Superfluidity and super-conductivity (including the physics of high-temperature superconductors) have also been discussed extensively.

The emphasis on the treatment of these topics is pedagogic. The authors bring their experience of decades of classroom instruction to introduce the basic tenets of statistical mechanics, with extensive and thorough discussion of the postulates, ensembles, and the relevant statistics. A number of standard examples illustrate the microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, as well as the Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics.

A special feature of this text is the detailed presentation of the theory of second-order phase transitions and the renormalization group, emphasizing the role of disorder. Non-equilibrium statistical physics is introduced via the Boltzmann transport equation. Additional topics covered in this part of the text include metastability, glassy systems, the Langevin equation, Brownian motion, and the Fokker-Planck equation.

Graduate students will find the presentation readily accessible, since the topics have been treated with great deal of care and attention to detail.
Preface Acknowledgments
1 Statistical Mechanics: The Basics
2 The Microcanonical Ensemble
3 Other Ensembles
4 Non-interacting Systems
5 Interacting Classical Systems
6 Quantum Statistics
7 Fermi Distribution: Examples
8 Electrons in a Magnetic Field
9 Bose-Einstein Distribution: Examples
10 Superconductivity
11 Phase Transitions
12 Landau Theory and Related Models
13 The Renormalization Group
14 Disordered Systems
15 Transport Equation - I
16 Transport Equation - II
17 Transport Equation - III
18 Transport Equation - IV
19 Metastable States
20 Langevin Equations
21 Fokker-Planck Equations
22 Fluctuation Dissipation Theorem

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2016, 9789380250960, 440 pages, Soft cover, Rs. 880.00