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Characteristic state function
The characteristic state function in statistical mechanics refers to a particular relationship between the partition function of an ensemble.
Additional recommended knowledge
In particular, if the partition function P satisfies
in which Q is a thermodynamic quantity, then Q is known as the "characteristic state function" of the ensemble corresponding to "P". Beta refers to the thermodynamic beta.
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