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Entropy 2011, 13(1), 82-116; doi:10.3390/e13010082

Entropy Production: Its Role in Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

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Departamento de Física, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Iztapalapa, Apartado Postal 55–534, C.P. 09340, México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Received: 7 December 2010 / Revised: 31 December 2010 / Accepted: 4 January 2011 / Published: 7 January 2011
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It is unquestionable that the concept of entropy has played an essential role both in the physical and biological sciences. However, the entropy production, crucial to the second law, has also other features not clearly conceived. We all know that the main difficulty is concerned with its quantification in non-equilibrium processes and consequently its value for some specific cases is limited. In this work we will review the ideas behind the entropy production concept and we will give some insights about its relevance.
Keywords: Boltzmann equation; entropy production; fluctuations; uncompensated heat Boltzmann equation; entropy production; fluctuations; uncompensated heat
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Velasco, R.M.; Scherer García-Colín, L.; Uribe, F.J. Entropy Production: Its Role in Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics. Entropy 2011, 13, 82-116.

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