Entropy2015, 17(7), 4762-4774; doi:10.3390/e17074762 (registering DOI) - published 6 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The problem of robust H∞ control is investigated for Markov jump systems with nonlinear noise intensity function and uncertain transition rates. A robust H∞ performance criterion is developed for the given systems for the first time. Based on the developed performance criterion, the desired H∞ state-feedback controller is also designed, which guarantees the robust H∞ performance of the closed-loop system. All the conditions are in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs), and hence they can be readily solved by any LMI solver. Finally, a numerical example is provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods.
Entropy2015, 17(7), 4744-4761; doi:10.3390/e17074744 (registering DOI) - published 6 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The performance characteristics of an ejector-expansion refrigeration cycle (EEC) using R32 have been investigated in comparison with that using R134a. The coefficient of performance (COP), the exergy destruction, the exergy efficiency and the suction nozzle pressure drop (SNPD) are discussed. The results show that the application of an ejector instead of a throttle valve in R32 cycle decreases the cycle’s total exergy destruction by 8.84%–15.84% in comparison with the basic cycle (BC). The R32 EEC provides 5.22%–13.77% COP improvement and 5.13%–13.83% exergy efficiency improvement respectively over the BC for the given ranges of evaporating and condensing temperatures. There exists an optimum suction nozzle pressure drop (SNPD) which gives a maximum system COP and volumetric cooling capacity (VCC) under a specified condition. The value of the optimum SNPD mainly depends on the efficiencies of the ejector components, but is virtually independent of evaporating temperature and condensing temperature. In addition, the improvement of the component efficiency, especially the efficiencies of diffusion nozzle and the motive nozzle, can enhance the EEC performance.
Entropy2015, 17(7), 4701-4743; doi:10.3390/e17074701 (registering DOI) - published 6 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: We study the asymptotic law of a network of interacting neurons when the number of neurons becomes infinite. Given a completely connected network of neurons in which the synaptic weights are Gaussian correlated random variables, we describe the asymptotic law of the network when the number of neurons goes to infinity. We introduce the process-level empirical measure of the trajectories of the solutions to the equations of the finite network of neurons and the averaged law (with respect to the synaptic weights) of the trajectories of the solutions to the equations of the network of neurons. The main result of this article is that the image law through the empirical measure satisfies a large deviation principle with a good rate function which is shown to have a unique global minimum. Our analysis of the rate function allows us also to characterize the limit measure as the image of a stationary Gaussian measure defined on a transformed set of trajectories.
Entropy2015, 17(7), 4684-4700; doi:10.3390/e17074684 (registering DOI) - published 6 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Surface tension and surface energy are closely related, although not identical concepts. Surface tension is a generalized force; unlike a conventional mechanical force, it is not applied to any particular body or point. Using this notion, we suggest a simple geometric interpretation of the Young, Wenzel, Cassie, Antonoff and Girifalco–Good equations for the equilibrium during wetting. This approach extends the traditional concept of Neumann’s triangle. Substances are presented as points, while tensions are vectors connecting the points, and the equations and inequalities of wetting equilibrium obtain simple geometric meaning with the surface roughness effect interpreted as stretching of corresponding vectors; surface heterogeneity is their linear combination, and contact angle hysteresis is rotation. We discuss energy dissipation mechanisms during wetting due to contact angle hysteresis, the superhydrophobicity and the possible entropic nature of the surface tension.
Entropy2015, 17(7), 4664-4683; doi:10.3390/e17074664 - published 3 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: The classic principal components analysis (PCA), kernel PCA (KPCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) feature extraction methods evaluate the importance of components according to their covariance contribution, not considering the entropy contribution, which is important supplementary information for the covariance. To further improve the covariance-based methods such as PCA (or KPCA), this paper firstly proposed an entropy matrix to load the uncertainty information of random variables similar to the covariance matrix loading the variation information in PCA. Then an entropy-difference matrix was used as a weighting matrix for transforming the original training images. This entropy-difference weighting (EW) matrix not only made good use of the local information of the training samples, contrast to the global method of PCA, but also considered the category information similar to LDA idea. Then the EW method was integrated with PCA (or KPCA), to form new feature extracting method. The new method was used for face recognition with the nearest neighbor classifier. The experimental results based on the ORL and Yale databases showed that the proposed method with proper threshold parameters reached higher recognition rates than the usual PCA (or KPCA) methods.
Entropy2015, 17(7), 4654-4663; doi:10.3390/e17074654 - published 3 July 2015 Show/Hide Abstract
Abstract: Existing experimental implementations of continuous-variable quantum key distribution require shot-noise limited operation, achieved with shot-noise limited lasers. However, loosening this requirement on the laser source would allow for cheaper, potentially integrated systems. Here, we implement a theoretically proposed prepare-and-measure continuous-variable protocol and experimentally demonstrate the robustness of it against preparation noise stemming for instance from technical laser noise. Provided that direct reconciliation techniques are used in the post-processing we show that for small distances large amounts of preparation noise can be tolerated in contrast to reverse reconciliation where the key rate quickly drops to zero. Our experiment thereby demonstrates that quantum key distribution with non-shot-noise limited laser diodes might be feasible.