Williams, Stephen R.; Evans, Denis J.
We examine the question of whether the formal expressions of equilibrium
statistical mechanics can be applied to time independent non-dissipative
systems that are not in true thermodynamic equilibrium and are nonergodic. By
assuming the phase space may be divided into time independent, locally ergodic
domains, we argue that within such domains the relative probabilities of
microstates are given by the standard Boltzmann weights. In contrast to
previous energy landscape treatments, that...[Show more]
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