Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 77–102

Hamiltonian Derivation of a Detailed Fluctuation Theorem

Authors

  • C. Jarzynski
    • Theoretical DivisionLos Alamos National Laboratory
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1018670721277

Cite this article as:
Jarzynski, C. Journal of Statistical Physics (2000) 98: 77. doi:10.1023/A:1018670721277

Abstract

We analyze the microscopic evolution of a system undergoing a far-from-equilibrium thermodynamic process. Explicitly accounting for the degrees of freedom of participating heat reservoirs, we derive a hybrid result, similar in form to both the fluctuation theorem and a statement of detailed balance. We relate this result to the steady-state fluctuation theorem and to a free energy relation valid far from equilibrium.

fluctuation theoremirreversible processes

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