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Special Issue "Stochastic Thermodynamics of Microscopic Systems"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Thermodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 December 2023 | Viewed by 274

Special Issue Editors

Departamento de Física, National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro 22452-970, Brazil
Interests: statistical mechanics; heat conduction for non-linear chains; thermodynamics of nano-machines; fluctuation theorems; non-Markovian processes; granular physics
Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, Brazil
Interests: statistical mechanics; athermal reservoirs; small systems; quantum walks; complex systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in technology have opened the microscopic world to controlled experiments. For micro- and nanodevices, fluctuations are an unavoidable part of the behavior of such systems. Stochastic thermodynamics, a branch of non-equilibrium statistical physics, is a tool for the understanding of the heat and work exchanges at these scales.

Stochastic thermodynamics deals with small systems, interacting with heat, work, or particle reservoirs, and under external manipulation. The stochastic characteristic of thermodynamics led to new phenomena, such as the existence of fluctuation theorems, for heat and work, which govern non-equilibrium physics. One of its consequences is the apparent violation of the second law, or of Landauer’s principle. 

Since the equilibrium state is the state with the least information on it, for systems described by stochastic thermodynamics, there is very significant quantity of information. 

This Special Issue aims to be a channel for recent research on mesoscopic systems, such that their interactions can be well modelled by stochastic thermodynamics. It also aims to present special systems on the frontier of biology and physics, such as nano-machines and driven enzymes, and mesoscopic manipulated systems.

Dr. Welles Antonio Martinez Morgado
Dr. Silvio Manuel Duarte Queiros
Guest Editors

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  • non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • stochastic thermodynamics
  • fluctuation relations
  • small systems
  • information

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