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Energetics of Brownian motors: a review

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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.

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Received: 13 November 2001 / Accepted: 10 January 2002 / Published online: 22 April 2002

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Parrondo, J., de Cisneros, B. Energetics of Brownian motors: a review . Appl Phys A 75, 179–191 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1007/s003390201332

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