The Increase of Entropy and Irreversibility

  • Wilhelm Brenig


The increase of entropy in time is a very basic property of nonequilibrium processes. We discuss it on three different levels of generality.


Real Axis Spectral Function Memory Function Detailed Balance Extremum Property 
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  1. 16.1
    Brenig, W.: Statistische Theorie der Wärme I. Gleichgewicht, 2nd ed. ( Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1983 )Google Scholar
  2. 16.2
    Prigogine, I.: Introduction to Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes (Interscience, New York 1969 ) Chaps, m, IVGoogle Scholar

Additional Reading

  1. Kreuzer, HJ.: Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics and Its Statistical Foundations (Clarendon, Oxford 1981) Chap. 11Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilhelm Brenig
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  1. 1.Physik-DepartmentTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingFed. Rep. of Germany

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