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Statistical Mechanics of Time Independent Non-Dissipative Nonequilibrium States

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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Date published: 2007-06-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Physics
DOI: 10.1063/1.2780161


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