Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics

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Oxford University Press, Apr 19, 2001 - Science - 240 pages
This is a presentation of the main ideas and methods of modern nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. It is the perfect introduction for anyone in chemistry or physics who needs an update or background in this time-dependent field. Topics covered include fluctuation-dissipation theorem; linear response theory; time correlation functions, and projection operators. Theoretical models are illustrated by real-world examples and numerous applications such as chemical reaction rates and spectral line shapes are covered. The mathematical treatments are detailed and easily understandable and the appendices include useful mathematical methods like the Laplace transforms, Gaussian random variables and phenomenological transport equations.
 

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Best nonequilibrium Stat Mech book. Well written, and clearly stated the noneq concepts. Examples are very good. If you ever want to learn noneq stat mech, this is it.

Contents

1 Brownian Motion and Langevin Equations
3
2 FokkerPlanck Equations
30
3 Master Equations
48
4 Reaction Rates
67
5 Kinetic Models
83
6 Quantum Dynamics
101
7 Linear Response Theory
127
8 Projection Operators
143
9 Nonlinear Problems
169
10 The Paradoxes of Irreversibility
193
Appendixes
198
References
211
Index
213
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