Special Issue "Time and Entropy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2020).
2. Department of Physics, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
3. Department of Physics, Ariel University, Ariel 40700, Israel
Interests: relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory; theory of classical and quantum unstable systems and chaos; quantum theory on hypercomplex Hilbert modules; complex projective spaces in quantum dynamics; relativistic statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; high energy nuclear structure
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Special Issue in Entropy: Advances in Relativistic Statistical Mechanics II
The relation between time and entropy goes back as far as the formulation of the second law of thermodynamics, i.e., that in any isolated system the entropy increases monotonically in time, thereby establishing a relation between entropy and the direction of time.
In recent years, major developments have taken place. Analytic methods have been developed for studying the direction of time in the evolution of quantum states, and the study of resonances and their decay by Lax and Phillips in 1967 have opened new directions of investigation in electromagnetic radiation and the quantum theory for the study of irreversible, entropic, processes.
In the framework of more recently developed approaches to relativistic statistical mechanics, the corresponding Boltzmann equation maintains a monotonic relation between the Einstein time t (as occurs, for example, in the Maxwell equations) and the growth of entropy for particles. For the evolution of antiparticles, which move backward in time (before charge conjugation), the entropy appears to decrease in the relativistically defined time. However, the monotonic increase in entropy is maintained in invariant world time. There has been, moreover, recent discussion of the embedding of this special relativistic theory into the framework of general relativity, opening the possibility of describing the notions of relativistic statistical mechanics and its corresponding entropic properties, on a cosmic scale, to stellar phenomena, astrophysics and cosmology.
We anticipate contributions to this special issue which will deal with these newly developing topics.
Prof. Lawrence P. Horwitz
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- direction of time
- unstable systems
- time as an observable
- Boltzmann equation
- relativistic evolution