Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2001, 2(2), 66-71; doi:10.3390/i2020066

A Quantum Theory of Thermodynamic Relaxation

Received: 19 March 2001; Accepted: 16 May 2001 / Published: 23 May 2001
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Abstract: A new approach to quantum Markov processes is developed and the corresponding Fokker-Planck-like equation is derived. The latter was examined to reproduce known results from classical and quantum physics. It was also applied to the phase-space description of a mechanical system thus leading to a new treatment of this problem different from the Wigner presentation. The equilibrium probability density obtained in the mixed coordinate-momentum space is a reasonable extension of the Gibbs canonical distribution.
Keywords: quantum relaxation; Markov processes; non-equilibrium thermodynamics
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