The Spin-Echo System Reconsidered

Foundations of Physics 34 (4):669-688 (2004)

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David Anthony Lavis
King's College London
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Simple models have played an important role in the discussion of foundational issues in statistical mechanics. Among them the spin-echo system is of particular interest since it can be realized experimentally. This has led to inferences being drawn about approaches to the foundations of statistical mechanics, particularly with respect to the use of coarse-graining. We examine these claims with the help of computer simulations.
Keywords spin-echo  reversibility  course-graining  simulations
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