Work producing reservoirs: Stochastic thermodynamics with generalized Gibbs ensembles

29 Jul 2016  ·  Horowitz Jordan M., Esposito Massimiliano ·

We develop a consistent stochastic thermodynamics for environments composed of thermodynamic reservoirs in an external conservative force field, that is environments described by the Generalized or Gibbs canonical ensemble. We demonstrate that small systems weakly coupled to such reservoirs exchange both heat and work by verifying a local detailed balance relation for the induced stochastic dynamics... Based on this analysis, we help to rationalize the observation that nonthermal reservoirs can increase the efficiency of thermodynamic heat engines. read more

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Statistical Mechanics