Beyond the second law

14/04/2008, 16:00, D5-153

Prof. Dr. Christian Van den Broeck Hasselt University, Belgium

We derive the exact microscopic expression for the entropy production, upon perturbing a Hamiltonian system arbitrarily far out of equilibrium in a transition between two canonical equilibrium states. We discuss the application to reduced stochastic descriptions and to the thermodynamics of computation.

Refs: PRL 98, 080602 (2007); arXiv:0710.4290