configurational free energy

configurational free energy

[kən‚fig·yə′rā·shən·əl ¦frē ′en·ər·jē]
(statistical mechanics)
The free energy of a solid lattice associated with the interaction between neighboring atoms, and with external electric and magnetic fields.
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It is consistently determined for a specified V and T by the minimization of a configurational free energy, i.
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