PHYS 552 Statistical Mechanics Fall 2010 HW 7

1) Pathria 2nd edition Problem 4.1 2) Pathria 2nd edition Problem 4.5 3) Pathria 2nd edition Problem 4.8 4) Pathria 2nd edition Problem 4.12 5) Pathria 2nd edition Problem 4.13 6) The Hamiltonian of an electron in a magnetic field H is given by H = −µB σ · H where σ is Pauli’s spin operator and µB is Bohr magneton. Evaluate i) the density matrix in the representation where σz is diagonal ii) the density matrix in the representation where σx is diagonal iii) σz in these representationsi, z-axis being taken along the field direction.

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