Existence of thermodynamics for real matter with coulomb forces

J. L. Lebowitz, Elliott H. Lieb

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It is shown that a system made up of nuclei and electrons, the constituents of ordinary matter, has a well-defined statistical-mechanically computed free energy per unit volume in the thermodynamic (bulk) limit. This proves that statistical mechanics, as developed by Gibbs, really leads to a proper thermodynamics for macroscopic systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Stability of Matter
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Atoms to Stars: Fourth Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)3540420835, 9783540222125
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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