Statistical mechanics of thermal diffusion

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Expressions of the flows of atoms A and B of a binary system in a crystal are derived as the response to the imposed gradients of temperature and chemical potentials. The formulation is done using the pair approximation of the Path Probability Method of irreversible statistical mechanics and atomic migration is assumed to be via the vacancy mechanism. The energy carried by photons (and electrons) under the temperature gradient is assumed to be independent of the atomic flux. For the case near equilibrium, linear relations are derived among the atomic fluxes, the energy flux (associated with atomic flux) and the gradients. The Onsager reciprocal relations are proved to hold among the coefficients, including those related to energy flows. The heat of transport (energy carried by a diffusing atom) and the heat conduction due to atomic flux are thus unambigously derived. © 1984.




Kikuchi, R., Ishikawa, T., & Sato, H. (1984). Statistical mechanics of thermal diffusion. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 123(1), 227–252.

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