The Second Law of Thermodynamics as an Equality
February 6th, 2017 LLUIS MASANES

In this informal talk I will introduce and derive the “second law equality”, a constraint similar to the Jarzynski equality, which holds in all thermodynamic processes. While the (standard) second law inequality only provides information about averages of thermodynamical quantities, the new equality provides additional information about fluctuations. In particular, it tells that perfect erasure involves diverging work fluctuations, a signature of the third law of thermodynamics. Finally, I will discuss the relationship between microscopic reversibility and all variants of the second law.

Seminar, February 6, 2017, 15:00. Blue Lecture Room

Hosted by Prof. Antonio Acín