Foundations of Physics

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 225–244 | Cite as

Thermodynamic aspects of Schrödinger's probability relations

  • James L. Park
Part IV. Invited Papers Commemorating The Centenary Of The Birth Of Erwin Schrödinger


Using Schrödinger's generalized probability relations of quantum mechanics, it is possible to generate a canonical ensemble, the ensemble normally associated with thermodynamic equilibrium, by at least two methods, statistical mixing and subensemble selection, that do not involve thermodynamic equilibration. Thus the question arises as to whether an observer making measurements upon systems from a canonical ensemble can determine whether the systems were prepared by mixing, equilibration, or selection. Investigation of this issue exposes antinomies in quantum statistical thermodynamics. It is conjectured that resolution of these paradoxes may involve a new law of motion in quantum dynamics.


Quantum Mechanic Thermodynamic Equilibration Generalize Probability Statistical Thermodynamic Probability Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Park
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsWashington State UniversityPullman

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