Book Volume 657 2004

Quantum Thermodynamics

Emergence of Thermodynamic Behavior Within Composite Quantum Systems

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ISBN: 978-3-540-22911-7 (Print) 978-3-540-44513-5 (Online)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

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    1 Introduction

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    Pages 7-20

    2 Basics of Quantum Mechanics

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    Pages 21-36

    3 Basics of Thermodynamics and Statistics

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    Pages 37-58

    4 Brief Review of Pertinent Concepts

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    Pages 61-64

    5 The Program for the Foundation of Thermodynamics

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    Pages 65-69

    6 Outline of the Present Approach

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    Pages 71-77

    7 System and Environment

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    Pages 79-89

    8 Structure of Hilbert Space

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    Pages 91-108

    9 Quantum Thermodynamic Equilibrium

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    Pages 109-112

    10 Interim Summary

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    Pages 113-122

    11 Typical Spectra of Large Systems

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    Pages 123-131

    12 Temperature

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    Pages 133-141

    13 Pressure

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    Pages 143-157

    14 Quantum Mechanical and Classical State Densities

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    Pages 159-163

    15 Sufficient Conditions for a Thermodynamic Behavior

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    Pages 165-167

    16 Theories of Relaxation Behavior

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    Pages 169-182

    17 The Route to Equilibrium

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    Pages 185-219

    18 Equilibrium Properties of Model Systems

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    Pages 221-234

    19 Heat Conduction

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    Pages 235-240

    20 Quantum Thermodynamic Machines

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