Goal: Introduce the basic statistical physics concepts to address the equilibrium and evolution properties of nano-scale systems.

Content:

  • Statistical entropy
  • Boltzmann factor, statistics in the canonical ensemble, mean values and fluctuations
  • classical and quantum oscillators, applications
  • chemical potential, grand canonical ensemble,applications: adsorption isotherms, quantum statistics
  • fluctuations dynamics, linear response
  • Monte-Carlo notions