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Fluctuations and irreversibility: an experimental demonstration of a second-law-like theorem using a colloidal particle held in an optical trap

Carberry, David; Reid, James; Wang, Genmiao; Sevick, Edith M; Searles, Debra J; Evans, Denis

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The puzzle of how time-reversible microscopic equations of mechanics lead to the time-irreversible macroscopic equations of thermodynamics has been a paradox since the days of Boltzmann. Boltzmann simply sidestepped this enigma by stating “as soon as one looks at bodies of such small dimension that they contain only very few molecules, the validity of this theorem [the second law of thermodynamics and its description of irreversibility] must cease.” Today we can state that the transient...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004-04-06
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10440/865
http://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/10440/865
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.140601

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