# Men of Physics: L.D. Landau. Thermodynamics, Plasma Physics by D. Ter Haar

By D. Ter Haar

Males of Physics: L. D. Landau, quantity 2: Thermodynamics, Plasma Physics and Quantum Mechanics is devoted to L. D. Landau's contributions within the fields of thermodynamics, plasma physics, and quantum mechanics. Landau's thought of second-order section transitions is mentioned, together with his contributions to nuclear physics, astrophysics, cosmic ray physics, and quantum box idea.

This quantity is produced from 15 chapters and starts off with a dialogue on Landau's idea of second-order section transitions, which include his assumption that each one thermodynamic services may enable normal sequence expansions close to the transition aspect. the subsequent chapters concentrate on Landau's papers at the shipping equation for ionized structures and on plasma oscillations; his contributions to nuclear physics, cosmic ray physics, and astrophysics; his paintings in natural quantum mechanics; and his contributions to quantum box thought. the second one part elaborates at the idea of section transitions; the shipping equation on the subject of Coulomb interactions; the vibrations of the digital plasma; and the statistical thought of nuclei. The beginning of stellar strength is usually tested, besides the a number of construction of debris in the course of collisions of quickly debris and the extension of the uncertainty precept to relativistic quantum idea. A idea of power move in collisions is usually defined. the ultimate bankruptcy considers the conservation legislation for vulnerable interactions.

This ebook may be an invaluable source for physicists and scholars attracted to the paintings of L. D. Landau.

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2 , 483, 1940; JETP, 10, 721, 1940) 43. The angular distribution of the shower particles (/. R,, 3 , 237, 1940; JETP, 10, 1007, 1940) 44. On the theory of secondary showers (/. , 4 , 375, 1941; JETP, 11, 32, 1941) 45. On the scattering of light by mesotrons (/. , 4 , 455, 1941; JETP, 11, 35, 1941; with J . Smorodinski) 46. The theory of superfluidity of helium II (/. , 5, 71, 1941; JETP, 11, 592, 1941) 47. A theory of the stability of strongly charged lyophobic sols and the coalescence of strongly charged particles in electrolytic solutions {JETP, 15, 663, 1945; Acta Phys,-chim, URSS, 14, 633, 1941; with B.

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L a n d a u f 1. On the theory of the spectra of diatomic molecules (Z. , 4 0 , 621, 1926) 2. The damping problem in wave mechanics (Z. , 4 5 , 430, 1927) 3. Quantum electrodynamics in configuration space (Z. , 6 2 , 188, 1930; with R. Peierls) 4. Diamagnetism of metals (Z. , 64, 629, 1930) 5. , 18, 1112, 1930) 6. Extension of the uncertainty principle to relativistic quantum theory (Z. , 6 9 , 56, 1931; with R. Peierls) 7. A theory of energy transfer on collisions {Phys. Z. , 1 , 88, 1932) 8. On the theory of stars {Phys.