Special Issue "Finite-Time Thermodynamics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. R. Stephen Berry
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 5735 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Interests: finite-time thermodynamics; structures, properties, and dynamics of clusters and biopolymers; dynamics of few-body systems
Prof. Peter Salamon
Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7720, USA
Interests: finite-time thermodynamics; geometrical thermodynamics; biomathematics; optimization and mathematical modeling
Prof. Bjarne Andresen
Guest Editor
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Interests: finite-time thermodynamics; quantum thermodynamic; optimization of harmonic and anharmonic oscillators; global optimization theory, in particular using thermodynamic geometry; thermodynamics at extreme time and length scales

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Even though finite-time thermodynamics (FTT) is already 45 years old by now, it is still in its adolescent stage. The original horizon of classical thermodynamics with the one feature of a specified process completion time added has long been broken. Topics treated have expanded into quantum systems, engineering design, biology and evolution, information theory, and economics, just to name a few, and the way of thinking, in particular using the concept of thermodynamic geometry, has inspired, e.g., general optimization theory. FTT continues to expand into new areas where either we are interested in calculating “the cost of haste”, or we want to optimize the path of a process within given constraints. FTT has just started.

In this Special Issue on FTT, we want to show the full breadth and depth of the field, and thus, we will interpret finite-time thermodynamics broadly, both in terms of the methods used to investigate all the effects of a finite time horizon for the processes in question, and in terms of the objects investigated. In other words, the objects must not necessarily be of a thermodynamic nature but could also be engineering, economics, optimization, scheduling, and anywhere else thermodynamic thinking is useful. We also want to look ahead just as much as look back. Therefore, we welcome novel, yet untested, ideas and visions just as much as finalized research results. We hope to receive many inspiring contributions.

Prof. R. Stephen Berry
Prof. Peter Salamon
Prof. Bjarne Andresen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Finite-time thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamic geometry
  • Control thermodynamics
  • Biological optimization
  • Control economics
  • Optimal control modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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