Advertisement

Applied Physics A

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 179–191 | Cite as

Energetics of Brownian motors: a review

  • J.M.R. Parrondo
  • B.J. de Cisneros
Article

Abstract.

We review the literature on the energetics of Brownian motors, distinguishing between forced ratchets, chemical motors – driven out of equilibrium by differences of chemical potential, and thermal motors – driven by temperature differences. The discussion is focused on the definition of efficiency and the compatibility between the models and the laws of thermodynamics.

PACS: 05.40.-a; 05.70.lw 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • J.M.R. Parrondo
    • 1
  • B.J. de Cisneros
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, SpainES

Personalised recommendations