Springer Theses

Irreversibility and Dissipation in Microscopic Systems

Authors: Roldán, Édgar

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Complutense University of Madrid
  • A guide to understanding time irreversibility and how it can be quantified in stationary processes
  • Develops techniques to estimate the dissipation rate in biological processes from single stationary trajectories
  • Serves as a guide to estimate the Kullback-Leibler divergence between two probability distributions (discrete or continuous)
  • Describes experimental measurement of the energetics of symmetry breaking
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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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Small-Scale Thermodynamics

    Roldán, Édgar

    Pages 3-34

  • Dissipation and Kullback–Leibler Divergence

    Roldán, Édgar

    Pages 37-59

  • Estimating the Kullback–Leibler Divergence

    Roldán, Édgar

    Pages 61-85

  • A Case Study: The Flashing Ratchet

    Roldán, Édgar

    Pages 87-101

  • Application to Biology: The Ear Hair Bundle

    Roldán, Édgar

    Pages 103-122

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Softcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Irreversibility and Dissipation in Microscopic Systems
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07079-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07079-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07078-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38384-2
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 211
Number of Illustrations and Tables
34 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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