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Indefinite metric of R. Mrugala and the geometry of thermodynamical phase space

Preston, Serge and Vargo, James (2005) Indefinite metric of R. Mrugala and the geometry of thermodynamical phase space. In: Thermal theories of continua: survey and developments, September 25-30, 2005, Messina, Italy.

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    Abstract

    We study an indefinite metric G which was introduced by R. Mrugala and is defined on the contact phase space (P,?) of a homogeneous thermodynamical system. We describe the curvature properties and the isometry group of the metric G. We established an isomorphism of the space (P,?,G) with the Heisenberg Lie group Hn, endowed with the right invariant contact structure and the right invariant indefinite metric. The lift of the metric G to the symplectization of contact space (P,?) and its properties are studied. Finally we introduce the "hyperbolic projectivization" of the space () that can be considered as the natural compactification of the thermodynamical phase space (P, q, G).

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: M.U.S. - Contributi Scientifici > 02 - Scienze fisiche
    M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali
    Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Mr Nunzio Femminò
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2008
    Last Modified: 13 Apr 2010 13:15
    URI: http://cab.unime.it/mus/id/eprint/503

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