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Special Issue "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Condensed Matter Physics"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Statistical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 258

Special Issue Editors

Department of General and Experimental Physics, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, 173003 Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Interests: irreversibility phenomenon; classical relativistic kinetics; thermodynamics of small systems; microheterogeneous structures; electronic structure of solid solutions; functional integration method in classical statistical mechanics
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kolobov
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Guest Editor
Department of Physical Electronics, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, 191186 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Interests: chalcogenide; thin films; crystal growth; glass transition; phase equilibrium; phase-change memory; solid solutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are the universally recognized theoretical basis of condensed matter physics. At present, theoretical research in condensed matter physics is mainly focused on the desire to achieve an ever greater quantitative accuracy of results for specific problems where the employed methods have a limited area of applicability. However, in addition to problems related to the application of statistical mechanics, there are also fundamental problems of internal consistency and the scope of statistical mechanics. In particular, within the framework of statistical mechanics, the zeroth law of thermodynamics does not find justification, and the problem of relativistic thermodynamics is very far from logical completeness. In addition, a number of additional hypotheses have no rigorous justification: (1) Gibbs' principle of equal a priori probabilities; (2) Bogolyubov's correlation weakening principle; (3) and the fact that only the first steps have been taken in constructing the thermodynamics of "small systems" for which statistics is fundamentally inapplicable. Finally, many real condensed systems are essentially nonequilibrium, and for them the applicability of statistical mechanics is rather doubtful. Thus, research into condensed matter physics involves both the development of existing methods of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and the search for methods for studying "small" and microheterogeneous systems.

Dr. Anatoly Yulievich Zakharov
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kolobov
Guest Editors

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  • microheterogeneous structures
  • electronic structure of solid solutions
  • thin films
  • crystal growth
  • phase equilibrium
  • statistical thermodynamics of model systems
  • thermodynamics of small systems
  • electronic structure of solid solutions
  • relativistic thermodynamics

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