Application-driven Quantum And Statistical Physics: A Short Course For Future Scientists And Engineers – Volume 2: Equilibrium

Quantum, Physics, Chemistry, Statistical Physics, Heat, Thermodynamics, Imaging, Spectroscopy, Technology, Electronics, Measurements, Nanoscience, Applications

Authors : Jean-Michel Gillet (CentraleSupélec, Paris-Saclay University, France & Centrale Pékin, Beihang University, China)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-1-78634-557-8 (Hardcover), 978-1-78634-703-9 (Softcover)

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Bridging the gap between traditional books on quantum and statistical physics, this series is an ideal introductory course for students who are looking for an alternative approach to the traditional academic treatment.

This pedagogical approach relies heavily on scientific or technological applications from a wide range of fields. For every new concept introduced, an application is given to connect the theoretical results to a real-life situation. Each volume features in-text exercises and detailed solutions, with easy-to-understand applications.

Building on the principles introduced in Volume 1, this second volume explains the structure of atoms, the vibration and rotation of molecules. It describes how this is related to thermodynamics through statistical physics. It is shown that these fundamental achievements help to understand how explosives and CO₂ can be detected, what makes a gecko stick to the ceiling, why old stars do not necessarily collapse, where nuclear energy comes from, and more.
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