Category: Physics of Solar Energy

Statistics of Particles

In the microscopic treatment of matter, the particles, for example, molecules and elec­trons, are distributed in a system of energy levels. How the particles distribute among the energy levels determines the behavior of the system in a significant way. Regarding to applications with solar energy, an understanding of Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics and Fermi-Dirac statistics is essential. […]

Quantum Mechanics Primer

Usually, introductory quantum mechanics starts with Schrodinger’s equation and using partial differential equations as the mathematical tools. For example, the hydrogen atom problem is resolved with spherical harmonics and Laguerre polynomials. A possi­ble shortcoming with this approach is that the readers become submerged in pages and pages of mathematical formulas and lose the conceptual understanding […]