Grand canonical expectation value


context $ w $ … grand canonical weight
definiendum $\langle A\rangle:=\sum_{N=0}^\infty w_N\cdot \langle A_N\rangle_N$

The functional $\langle \cdot\rangle_N$ denotes the expectation in the canonical ensamble of particle number $N$. So the grand canonical expectation value $\langle \cdot\rangle$ takes sequences of observables to a real.


We adopt the names of observables in canonical ensamble for the grand canonical ensamble. For example, if the internal energy in the canonical ensamble is defined as $U=\langle H\rangle$, then the grand canonical expectation value of the energy is denoted by $U$ as well and if formed from the sequence of all the $N$-particle Hamiltonians $H_N$.

We also extend functions $f$ of classical canonical observables to such sequences. I.e. if $A$ has $A_N$, then $f(A)$ has entries $f(A_N)$.



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