Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 258–267 | Cite as

Thermodynamic approach to the equation of state of a magnetized Fermi gas

  • V. Canuto
  • H. Y. Chiu
  • L. Fassio-Canuto


In this paper we have rederived the equations of state for a magnetized Fermi gas by generalizing the physical definition of the pressure. We have also given a simplified derivation of the energy eigenvalues of a free electron in a magnetic field, based on the use of simple harmonic oscillators. Physical interpretations of our results are presented. Possible astrophysical applications are also discussed.


Magnetic Field Harmonic Oscillator Free Electron Physical Interpretation Energy Eigenvalue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Canuto
    • 1
  • H. Y. Chiu
    • 1
    • 3
  • L. Fassio-Canuto
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Space StudiesGoddard Space Flight Center, NASANew YorkU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. of PhysicsCentro de Investigacion y de Estudios AvanzadosMexico 14Mexico
  3. 3.Physics Dept. and Earth and Space Sciences Dept.State University of New YorkStony BrookU.S.A.

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