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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi,

I am wondering how i would go about calculating the canonical partition function for a system of N quantum harmonic oscillators. The idea of the question is that we are treating photons as oscillators with a discrete energy spectrum. I'm confused as whether to use Maxwell-Boltmann treatment, or Bose-Einstein treatment to determine the partition function, both methods don't seem to be working, so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Ray

I am wondering how i would go about calculating the canonical partition function for a system of N quantum harmonic oscillators. The idea of the question is that we are treating photons as oscillators with a discrete energy spectrum. I'm confused as whether to use Maxwell-Boltmann treatment, or Bose-Einstein treatment to determine the partition function, both methods don't seem to be working, so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Ray