Thermodynamic Equilibrium

  • Jan NaudtsEmail author


The maximum entropy principle is an important property of the exponential family. But the models of this family actually satisfy a stronger condition which is called the variational principle, and which expresses that the free energy of an equilibrium state is minimal. The definition of relative entropy is given. Thermodynamic stability is shortly discussed.


Thermodynamic Equilibrium Thermodynamic Stability Relative Entropy Exponential Family Thermodynamic Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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