Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2009/10
Methods of statistical thermodynamics
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunication Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Pelizzola Alessandro ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC FIS/02 3 0 0 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/02 3 C - Affini o integrative Cultura scientifica, umanistica, giuridica, economica, socio-politica
Objectives of the course
The course introduces to the fundamental laws of statistical thermodynamics, describes basic techniques for interacting systems and their application to problems from telecommunications and computer science.
Notion of quantum state and degeneracy.
Microcanonical ensemble: equal a priori probability, entropy.
Canonical ensemble: thermal equilibrium, temperature, Boltzmann distribution.
Entropy and information theory.
Techniques for interacting systems: mean field theory, Monte Carlo simulation, simulated annealing.
Applications: traveling salesman problem, graph bipartitioning, data clustering, image restoration, error correcting codes.
selected chapters from Kittel and Kroemer, Thermal Physics (Freeman, 1980)
Revisions / Exam
oral examination

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2009/10

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