Special Issue "Recent Developments in Dissipative Phenomena"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Statistical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Lamberto Rondoni Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
Interests: Boltzmann equation; transport of particles in various kinds of media; existence theorems, stochastic processes; applications to chemical kinetics; dynamical systems; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; hydrodynamic models; fluctuation relations
Guest Editor
Prof. Carlos Mejía-Monasterio Website E-Mail
Laboratorio de Propiedades Físicas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Av. Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; stochastic thermodynamics; dynamical systems; ergodic billiards; heat transport; stochastic lattice systems; stochastic optimization; open quantum systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Out of equilibrium phenomena imply some kind of coupling between the system of interest and an environment. Through the exchange implied by this coupling, the environment steadily or cyclically drives the system, dissipating a certain amount of energy that, by definition, cannot be transformed back into work.

Dissipation has acquired a central role for the description of nonequilibrium phenomena, which are ubiquitous in nature. For instance, this is the case in the study of the symmetries of nonequilibrium fluctuations, of minimal dissipation processes and of quantum measurement, among a host of many other problems.

In recent years, large developments have been achieved towards a mathematical description of dissipative processes, from small scales where nonequilibrium fluctuations dominate the fate of the system, to macroscopic scales where maximizing the thermodynamical efficiency is a must. Dissipation has been proposed as the nonequilibrium counterpart of the thermodynamic potentials, which pave the road to the investigation of non thermodynamic phenomena.

The aim of this Special Issue is to overview the current status of research in this field, from stochastic to deterministic and quantum systems.

Prof. Lamberto Rondoni
Prof. Carlos Mejía-Monasterio
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nonequilibrium
  • fluctuation relations
  • response theory
  • mesoscopic systems
  • open quantum systems
  • stochastic thermodynamics

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Fundamental Limits in Dissipative Processes during Computation
Entropy 2019, 21(9), 822; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21090822 - 23 Aug 2019
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An increasing amount of electric energy is consumed by computers as they progress in function and capabilities. All of it is dissipated in heat during the computing and communicating operations and we reached the point that further developments are hindered by the unbearable [...] Read more.
An increasing amount of electric energy is consumed by computers as they progress in function and capabilities. All of it is dissipated in heat during the computing and communicating operations and we reached the point that further developments are hindered by the unbearable amount of heat produced. In this paper, we briefly review the fundamental limits in energy dissipation, as imposed by the laws of physics, with specific reference to computing and memory storage activities. Different from previous approaches, we will focus on the sole dynamics of the binary switches, the building blocks of the logic gates and digital memories, without invoking any direct connection to the notion of information. Full article
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Detailed Fluctuation Theorems: A Unifying Perspective
Entropy 2018, 20(9), 635; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20090635 - 24 Aug 2018
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We present a general method to identify an arbitrary number of fluctuating quantities which satisfy a detailed fluctuation theorem for all times within the framework of time-inhomogeneous Markovian jump processes. In doing so, we provide a unified perspective on many fluctuation theorems derived [...] Read more.
We present a general method to identify an arbitrary number of fluctuating quantities which satisfy a detailed fluctuation theorem for all times within the framework of time-inhomogeneous Markovian jump processes. In doing so, we provide a unified perspective on many fluctuation theorems derived in the literature. By complementing the stochastic dynamics with a thermodynamic structure (i.e., using stochastic thermodynamics), we also express these fluctuating quantities in terms of physical observables. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Tentative title: Fundamental limits in dissipative processes during computation
Authors: L. Gammaitoni and I. Neri
Affiliation: NiPS Laboratory, University of Perugia (IT)
Tentative Abstract: An increasing amount of energy is consumed by computers as they progress in function and capabilities. We reached the point that further developments are hindered by the unbearable amount of heat produced during computation. In this paper we will briefly review the fundamental limits in energy dissipation as imposed by the law of physics, with specific reference to computing and memory storage activities.
 
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