PHYS 414

Statistical Mechanics, Spring 2019


General resources

J.L. Lebowitz and O. Penrose, "Modern ergodic theory", Physics Today (1973). pdf

Entropy of the universe:

C.A. Egan and C.H. Lineweaver, "A Larger Estimate of the Entropy of the Universe", Astroph. J. 710:1825 (2010). pdf.

P. Frampton et al., "What is the entropy of the universe?", Class. Quant. Grav. 26:145005 (2009). pdf.

Articles related to problem sets

Related to Problem Set 1:
A. Einstein, "On the movement of small particles suspended in a stationary liquid demanded by the molecular kinetic theory of heat", Ann. d. Phys. 17, 549 (1905). pdf
T. Li et al., "Measurement of the Instantaneous Velocity of a Brownian Particle", Science 328, 1673 (2010). pdf
T. Li and M.G. Raizen, "Brownian motion at short time scales", arXiv:1211.1458 (2011). pdf

Related to Problem Set 2:
T.L. Curtright and C.K. Zacho, "Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space", arXiv:1104.5269v2 (2011). pdf
A.I. Lvovsky et al., "Quantum State Reconstruction of the Single-Photon Fock State", Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 050402 (2001). pdf
R. Slayton, "Focus: Golfing with a Single Photon", Phys. Rev. Focus 8, 7 (2001). research highlight
D. Spiegel and E. Turner, "Bayesian analysis of the astrobiological implications of life's early emergence on Earth", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109, 395 (2012). pdf

Related to Problem Set 3:
D.A. Leigh, J.K.Y. Wong, F. Dehez, and F. Zerbetto, "Unidirectional rotation in a mechanically interlocked molecular rotor", Nature 424, 174 (2003). pdf
S. Rahav, J. Horowitz, and C. Jarzynski, "Directed flow in non-adiabatic stochastic pumps", Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 140602 (2008). pdf
D. Mandal and C. Jarzynski, "A proof by graphical construction of the no-pumping theorem of stochastic pumps", J. Stat. Mech. P10006 (2011). pdf.

Related to Problem Set 4:
D. Mandal, H. T. Quan, and C. Jarzynski, "Maxwell's Refrigerator: An Exactly Solvable Model", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 030602 (2013). pdf
M. G. Raizen, "Comprehensive Control of Atomic Motion", Science 324, 1403 (2009). pdf
S. Toyabe, T. Sagawa, M. Ueda, E. Muneyuki, and M. Sano, "Experimental demonstration of information-to-energy conversion and validation of the generalized Jarzynski equality", Nature Physics 6, 988 (2010). pdf
R. Landauer, "Irreversibility and heat generation in the computing process", IBM J. Res. Devel. 5, 183 (1961). pdf