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How macrostates come about?

Gomori, Marton and Gyenis, Balazs and Hofer-Szabó, Gábor (2017) How macrostates come about? [Preprint]


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This paper is a further consideration of Hemmo and Shenker’s (2012) ideas about the proper conceptual characterization of macrostates in statistical mechanics. We provide two formulations of how macrostates come about as elements of certain partitions of the system’s phase
space imposed on by the interaction between the system and an observer, and we show that these two formulations are mathematically equivalent. We also reflect on conceptual issues regarding the relationship of macrostates to distinguishability, thermodynamic regularity, observer
dependence, and the general phenomenon of measurement.

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Item Type: Preprint
Hofer-Szabó, Gá
Keywords: macrostates, distinguishability, thermodynamic regularity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Gabor Hofer-Szabo
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2017 14:53
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2017 14:53
Item ID: 12762
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2017

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