canonical distribution

canonical distribution

[kə′nän·ə·kəl ‚dis·trə′byü·shən]
(statistical mechanics)
The density of members of the canonical ensemble in phase space.
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Likewise, all advanced solutions involve having a coherent absorber at t - r/c- dt.(3) Now, with an eye on Price's objection, let us impose symmetric boundary conditions on our absorber: let us postulate an ensemble of absorbers, distributed in, say, the canonical distribution for a certain energy range, at a time [T.sub.1] well before t - r/c - dt; likewise, let us postulate that, at a time [T.sub.2] well after the time of interaction, the absorber ensemble is also in the canonical distribution for the same energy range.