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Experiments on the Thermodynamics of Information Processing

Authors: Gavrilov, Momčilo

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • Demonstrates experimentally that Maxwell's Demon does not violate the second law of thermodynamics
  • Shows how a "feedback trap" can be adapted to study the thermodynamics of small systems
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About this book

This thesis reveals how the feedback trap technique, developed to trap small objects for biophysical measurement, could be adapted for the quantitative study of the thermodynamic properties of small systems. The experiments in this thesis are related to Maxwell’s demon, a hypothetical intelligent, “neat fingered” being that uses information to extract work from heat, apparently creating a perpetual-motion machine.

 The second law of thermodynamics should make that impossible, but how? That question has stymied physicists and provoked debate for a century and a half. The experiments in this thesis confirm a hypothesis proposed by Rolf Landauer over fifty years ago: that Maxwell’s demon would need to erase information, and that erasing information—resetting the measuring device to a standard starting state—requires dissipating as much energy as is gained.

 For his thesis work, the author used a “feedback trap” to study the motion of colloidal particles in “v

irtual potentials” that may be manipulated arbitrarily. The feedback trap confines a freely diffusing particle in liquid by periodically measuring its position and applying an electric field to move it back to the origin.

About the authors

Dr. Momčilo Gavrilov grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where he also received his bachelor degree in physics from Belgrade University in 2010.  He completed his PhD in physics under supervision of Prof. John Bechhoefer at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada in 2016.  Dr. Gavrilov is currently a biophysics postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Taekjip Ha lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, United States.  He is using  nanopore methods to explore the helicase activity of motor proteins and understand how biological systems process information.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gavrilov, Momčilo

    Pages 1-32

  • Feedback Trap

    Gavrilov, Momčilo

    Pages 33-44

  • Real-Time Calibration of a Feedback Trap

    Gavrilov, Momčilo

    Pages 45-69

  • High-Precision Test of Landauer’s Principle

    Gavrilov, Momčilo

    Pages 71-82

  • Erasure Without Work in an Asymmetric, Double-Well Potential

    Gavrilov, Momčilo

    Pages 83-96

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63694-8
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63693-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experiments on the Thermodynamics of Information Processing
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63694-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63694-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63693-1
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 147
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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