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Homework Help: Density of states for a Bose gas

  1. Apr 13, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] density of states for a Bose gas

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    My book (Kittel) says that the density of states of an ideal Bose gas is:

    [tex]D(\epsilon) = V/4\pi^2 \left(2M/\hbar^2 \right)^{3/2} \epsilon^{1/2}[/tex]

    I do not understand why the density of states is not identically infinity since the point of a Bose gas is that an orbital can be occupied by an unlimited number of bosons.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Apr 14, 2008 #2


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  4. Apr 14, 2008 #3
    The definition of density of states for quantum gases is usually for a single particle.
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