Detailed Balance, Fluctuations and Dissipation

  • Wilhelm Brenig


Relations between spontaneous and forced deviations from equilibrium occur over and over again in statistical mechanics. It starts already in equilibrium situations with the well-known relations between fluctuations and static susceptibilities [Ref.5.1, Sects. 14,49,50]. In qualitative terms: the larger the response to external perturbations, the larger the spontaneous fluctuations.


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Additional Reading

  1. Callen, H.B., Welton, T.A.: Phys. Rev. B. 83, 34 (1951)MathSciNetADSzbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Forster, D.: Hydrodynamic Fluctuations, Broken Symmetry, and Correlation Functions (W.A. Benjamin, Reading, MA 1975) Sect. 2.7Google Scholar
  3. Kubo, R. Toda, M., Hashitsume, N.: Statistical Physics II, Springer Ser. Solid-State SCi., Vol.31 (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1985) Sect. 4.4Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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