Erschienen: 01.07.2014 Abbildung von Roldán | Irreversibility and Dissipation in Microscopic Systems | 1. Auflage | 2014 |


Irreversibility and Dissipation in Microscopic Systems

Buch. Hardcover


xxi, 211 S. 34 s/w-Abbildungen, 41 Farbabbildungen, Bibliographien

In englischer Sprache

Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-07078-0

Format (B x L): 15,5 x 23,5 cm

Gewicht: 520 g

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Springer Theses


After an insightful introductory part on recent developments in the thermodynamics of small systems, the author presents his contribution to a long-standing problem, namely the connection between irreversibility and dissipation. He develops a method based on recent results on fluctuation theorems that is able to estimate dissipation using only information acquired in a single, sufficiently long, trajectory of a stationary nonequilibrium process. This part ends with a remarkable application of the method to the analysis of biological data, in this case, the fluctuations of a hair bundle. The third part studies the energetics of systems that undergo symmetry breaking transitions. These theoretical ideas lead to, among other things, an experimental realization of a Szilard engine using manipulated colloids. This work has the potential for important applications ranging from the analysis of biological media to the design of novel artificial nano-machines.

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