Physics of Temperature and Temperature’s Role in Carrier Transport

Authored by: John D. Cressler , Kurt A. Moen

Extreme Environment Electronics

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439874301
eBook ISBN: 9781439874318
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b13001-10

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Abstract

“‘Thermal physics’ is the fruit of the union of statistical and mechanical principles.”**

For the first three sections of this chapter, I am leaning heavily on the refreshingly intuitive approach to thermal physics pioneered by Charles Kittel [1,2].

Thermal physics is commonly referred to by the much more intimidating name “statistical mechanics,” a complex subject which is often the bane of many physics students, and which unifies the bedrock of macroscopic thermodynamics with the microscopic world of quantum mechanics. Said another way, statistical mechanics derives the results of thermodynamics using (statistical) quantum mechanics, from first principles. As such, it is one of the more beautiful and elegant constructs of the human mind.

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