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Entropy 2009, 11(4), 586-597; doi:10.3390/e11040586

Landauer’s Principle and Divergenceless Dynamical Systems

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1 Physics Department, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa 2 Instituto de Física Téorica y Computacional Carlos I, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain 3 National University La Plata, UNLP-CREG-CONICET, Casilla de Correos 727, 1900 La Plata, Argentina 4 Departament de Física, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain 5 Departamento de Física, Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile
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Received: 17 August 2009 / Accepted: 15 September 2009 / Published: 13 October 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information and Entropy)
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Landauer’s principle is one of the pillars of the physics of information. It constitutes one of the foundations behind the idea that “information is physical”. Landauer’s principle establishes the smallest amount of energy that has to be dissipated when one bit of information is erased from a computing device. Here we explore an extended Landauerlike principle valid for general dynamical systems (not necessarily Hamiltonian) governed by divergenceless phase space flows.
Keywords: information physics; Landauer principle; entropy; dynamical systems information physics; Landauer principle; entropy; dynamical systems
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Zander, C.; Plastino, A.R.; Plastino, A.; Casas, M.; Curilef, S. Landauer’s Principle and Divergenceless Dynamical Systems. Entropy 2009, 11, 586-597.

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