Special Issue "Maxwell’s Demon 2013"


A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Owen Maroney
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK
E-Mail: owen.maroney@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Interests: quantum nanoscience; quantum theory; statistical mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the earliest days of statistical mechanics, the existence of thermal fluctuations have posed a threat to our understanding of thermodynamics. This threat was vividly captured by Maxwell, who envisaged a nimble and light fingered being, able to systematically exploit and accumulate these fluctuations. With the latest developments in quantum nanotechnology, the manipulation of individual systems becomes a realistic possibility, while a modern consensus seems to have emerged that the being must still fail due to properties of information processing. Assessing the strength of these claims requires addressing many of the key open questions in the foundations of statistical mechanics.

Dr. Owen Marone
Guest Editor


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Maxwell's Demon
Landauer's Principle
thermal fluctuations
physics of information
quantum information
thermodynamic irreversibility

Published Papers (7 papers)

Entropy 2014, 16(2), 699-725; doi:10.3390/e16020699
Received: 23 October 2013; in revised form: 18 November 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 24 January 2014
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Entropy 2013, 15(12), 5346-5361; doi:10.3390/e15125346
Received: 17 August 2013; in revised form: 22 October 2013 / Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(11), 4956-4968; doi:10.3390/e15114956
Received: 1 August 2013; in revised form: 29 October 2013 / Accepted: 31 October 2013 / Published: 13 November 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(10), 4432-4483; doi:10.3390/e15104432
Received: 3 July 2013; in revised form: 17 September 2013 / Accepted: 22 September 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(10), 4243-4265; doi:10.3390/e15104243
Received: 29 July 2013; in revised form: 22 September 2013 / Accepted: 24 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(8), 3297-3311; doi:10.3390/e15083297
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 2 August 2013 / Accepted: 14 August 2013 / Published: 21 August 2013
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Entropy 2013, 15(5), 1916-1928; doi:10.3390/e15051916
Received: 23 April 2013; in revised form: 7 May 2013 / Accepted: 17 May 2013 / Published: 21 May 2013
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Last update: 3 December 2012

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