Grand Canonical Ensembles in General Relativity

  • David KleinEmail author
  • Wei-Shih Yang


We develop a formalism for general relativistic, grand canonical ensembles in space-times with timelike Killing fields. Using that, we derive ideal gas laws, and show how they depend on the geometry of the particular space-times. A systematic method for calculating Newtonian limits is given for a class of these space-times, which is illustrated for Kerr space-time. In addition, we prove uniqueness of the infinite volume Gibbs measure, and absence of phase transitions for a class of interaction potentials in anti-de Sitter space.


Relativistic Gibbs state Fermi coordinates  Grand canonical ensemble Ideal gas Anti-de Sitter space De-Sitter space Einstein static universe Kerr space-time 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

82B21 83C15 83F05 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the SciencesCalifornia State University NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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