Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


microstate

A microstate is a detailed description of the configuration of low-level components making up a system.  For example, in statistical mechanics, a microstate might be the locations and velocities of the individual particles making up a gas.  This is contrasted with macrostates, such as temperature and pressure, which are global measures of a system.  A particular macrostate typically corresponds to many possible microstates of the system. 


Topics
Statistical Physics, Modeling
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