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Special Issue "Advances in Statistical Mechanics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2010).
Interests: dielectrics; electromagnetic properties of materials; maximum entropy methods; statistical mechanics; measurement of entropy
Entropy and its production are key concepts in statistical mechanics from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. Fundamental studies of entropy need to be based on statistical mechanics. Many fields of study can be understood using entropy concepts. For example, when Einstein studied the photoelectric effect he based his analysis on a statistical mechanical analysis based on entropy. Similarly Planck relied heavily on the concept of entropy to produce his theory of energy quanta. The concepts of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, thermal noise, fluctuation-dissipation theorems, and information theory are all related to both statistical mechanics and entropy. Both Gibbs and Boltzmann placed the concepts of entropy and H-theorems in central positions in statistical mechanics. Statistical-mechanical studies based on either Liouville- based statistical mechanics or through approximate methods based on information theory utilize the concept of entropy. Novel papers studying entropy and its production in statistical mechanics from various points of view are welcome.
Dr. James Baker-Jarvis
- nonstationary processes
- projection operators
- statistical mechanics