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Principles of Statistical Physics: Distributions, Structures, Phenomena, Kinetics of Atomic Systems

ISBN: 978-3-527-60831-7
474 pages
August 2006
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Written for graduate or advanced students as well as for professionals in physics and chemistry, this book includes the fundamental concepts of statistical physics and physical kinetics. These concepts relate to a wide range of physical objects, such as liquids and solids, gases and plasmas, clusters and systems of complex molecules. The book analyzes various structures of many-particle systems, such as crystal structures, lamellar structures, fractal aggregates and fractal structures, while comparing different methods of description for certain systems and phenomena.
Developed from a lecture course on statistical physics and kinetic theory of various atomic systems, the text provides a maximum number of concepts in the simplest way, based on simple problems and using various methods.
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Distributions for Equilibrium Ensembles of Atomic Particles
Part 2. Equilibrium and Excitation of Atomic Systems
Part 3. Processes and Non-Equilibrium Atomic Systems
Part 4. Kinetics and Transport Phenomena in Atomic Systems
Part 5. Structures of Complex Atomic Systems
Part 6. Nucleation Phenomena
Appendix A. Physical Constants and Units
Appendix B. Physical Parameters in Periodical Table of Elements
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Author Information

Boris M. Smirnov received his PhD in physics from Leningrad State University in 1968. After working in different research positions, he finally accepted a post as head of one of the divisions of the Institute for High Temperatures at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1986. Professor Smirnov is the author and co-author of approximately 30 books, among them "Physics of Ionized Gases", published by Wiley-VCH in 2001, and 300 research articles in plasma physics, atomic physics, and atomic clusters. He is Vice Chairman of the National Council for Low Temperature Plasma and Chairman of a Section on Elementary Processes in Plasma. Professor Smirnov's research interests focus on Plasma Physics and Technology, Cluster Physics, Fractal Systems and Nanostructures, and the Physics of Ball Lightning.
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"...kann es durchaus wertvoll sein als Referenz für Seminare, deren Teilnehmer bereits eine erste Einführung in die Statistische Physik hinter sich haben und nun mit ihren Anwendungen auf Plasmen, Cluster oder fraktale Systeme vertraut werden möchten." Physik Journal
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