The Microcanonical Ensemble

  • Jan NaudtsEmail author


The harmonic oscillator is used to illustrate the ergodic theorem, which is the basis of statistical mechanics. The microcanonical ensemble is defined. Its entropy is discussed and is used to define the microcanonical temperature. Examples are given of microcanonical instabilities.


Phase Space Harmonic Oscillator Ising Model Density Operator Isolate System 
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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