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Quantum law for partition of kinetic energy

Sep 3, 2018, 2:30 PM


Prof. Jerzy Luczka (University of Silesia)


One of the fundamental laws of classical statistical physics is the energy equipartition theorem which states that for each degree of freedom the average kinetic energy equals $E_k=k_B T/2$, where $k_B$ is the Boltzmann constant and $T$ is temperature of the system. Despite the fact that quantum mechanics has already been developed for more than 100 years still there is no quantum counterpart of this theorem. We attempt to fill this far-reaching gap and formulate the \emph{quantum law for equipartition of energy} in the appealing form $E_k = \langle \mathcal E_k \rangle$, where $\mathcal E_k$ is thermal kinetic energy per one degree of freedom of the thermostat consisting of harmonic oscillators and $\langle ...\rangle$ denotes averaging over frequencies $\omega$ of those thermostat oscillators which contribute to $E_k$ according to the probability distribution $\mathbb P(\omega)$. %It is valid for an arbitrary strength of the system-thermostat coupling. We derive it for two paradigmatic and exactly solvable models of quantum open systems: a free Brownian particle and a harmonic oscillator. We formulate conditions for validity of the relation $E_k = \langle \mathcal E_k \rangle$ for other quantum systems.

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Prof. Jerzy Luczka (University of Silesia)


Dr Jakub Spiechowicz (University of Silesia) Mr Paweł Bialas (University of Silesia)

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