Irreversibility and Dissipation in Microscopic Systems

  • Édgar Roldán

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 3-34
  3. Irreversibility and Dissipation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 87-101
    3. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 103-122
  4. Experimental Tests and Applications of Stochastic Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 125-151
    3. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 153-171
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Édgar Roldán
      Pages 175-178
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-211

About this book


After an insightful introductory part on recent developments in the thermodynamics of small systems, the author presents his contribution to a long-standing problem, namely the connection between irreversibility and dissipation. He develops a method based on recent results on fluctuation theorems that is able to estimate dissipation using only information acquired in a single, sufficiently long, trajectory of a stationary nonequilibrium process. This part ends with a remarkable application of the method to the analysis of biological data, in this case, the fluctuations of a hair bundle.
The third part studies the energetics of systems that undergo symmetry breaking transitions. These theoretical ideas lead to, among other things, an experimental realization of a Szilard engine using manipulated colloids.
This work has the potential for important applications ranging from the analysis of biological media to the design of novel artificial nano-machines.


Brownian Engines Flashing Ratchets Fluctuation Theorems Irreversibility and Dissipation Kullback-Leibler Divergence Optical Tweezers Stochastic Thermodynamics Thermodynamics in Microscopic Systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Édgar Roldán
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Física Atómica Molecular y Nuclear and GISCUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07078-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07079-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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