Coursebooks 2016-2017

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Statistical thermodynamics

CH-242(a)

Lecturer(s) :

Hagfeldt Ulf Anders

Language:

English

Summary

This course enables the acquisition of basic concepts in statistical thermodynamics including the Boltzmann distribution law, partition functions, ensembles, calculations of thermodynamic properties, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics, metals, semiconductors, p-n junctions and photovoltaics.

Content

1. The Boltzmann distribution law

Derivation, Approximation

2. Partition function

The translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic partition functions

3. Thermodynamic functions from statistical thermodynamics

U, CV, heat and work, Entropy, Helmholtz' and Gibbs' free energies, Chemical potential

4. Ensembles

The canonical ensemble, the canonical partition function, the equilibrium constant

5. Non-ideal gas

Virial coefficients, Intermolecular forces

6. Quantum statistics

Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics, the grand canonical partition function

7. The solid state

Specific heat of crystals, Electronic energy levels and density of states in metals, Fermi level

8. Photon gas and blackbody radiation

Brief introduction

9. Semiconductors

Energy levels, density of states, intrinsic semiconductors, n- and p-doping

10. p-n junctions

Equilibrium. applied bias, diode equation, photovoltaics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Lectures with hand outs. Exercises.

Assessment methods

Written exam

Resources

Bibliography

Handouts of Lecture Notes

Recommended book:

Benjamin Widom, Statistical Mechanics: A Concise Introduction for Chemists, Cambridge University Press - 2002, ISBN-13: 978-0521009669

Reference book (deeper in the theories and extra materials):

Donald A. McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics, University Science Books - 2000, ISBN - 1-891389-15-7.

For introduction and as a reference for classical thermodynamics

Pierre Infelta & Michael Grätzel, Thermodynamique: Principles et Applications. BrownWalker Press - 2006. ISBN - 1-58112-995-5.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Chemistry, 2016-2017, Bachelor semester 5
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Statistical thermodynamics
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Chemical Engineering, 2016-2017, Bachelor semester 5
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Statistical thermodynamics
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Passerelle HES - CGC, 2016-2017, Autumn semester
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Statistical thermodynamics
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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