TY - JOUR

T1 - Fundamental view on the calculation of internal partition functions using occupational probabilities

AU - Zaghloul, Mofreh R.

PY - 2013/6/17

Y1 - 2013/6/17

N2 - From first principles, the author gathers a few general rules that need to be abided by in the calculation of the internal partition functions (IPFs) of individual molecules. These rules are violated in many schemes in the literature where occupational probabilities are used including those using the Planck-Larkin partition function (PLPF) within the chemical picture. Considering these rules is useful from conceptual and practical points of view. A solution is introduced to assure fulfilling the above mentioned rules when using occupational probabilities. Sample calculations are performed showing quantitative significance of inaccuracies caused by dishonoring such rules.

AB - From first principles, the author gathers a few general rules that need to be abided by in the calculation of the internal partition functions (IPFs) of individual molecules. These rules are violated in many schemes in the literature where occupational probabilities are used including those using the Planck-Larkin partition function (PLPF) within the chemical picture. Considering these rules is useful from conceptual and practical points of view. A solution is introduced to assure fulfilling the above mentioned rules when using occupational probabilities. Sample calculations are performed showing quantitative significance of inaccuracies caused by dishonoring such rules.

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U2 - 10.1016/j.physleta.2013.02.044

DO - 10.1016/j.physleta.2013.02.044

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84875373056

VL - 377

SP - 1119

EP - 1126

JO - Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics

JF - Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics

SN - 0375-9601

IS - 15

ER -