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Communication: Beyond Boltzmann's H-theorem: Demonstration of the relaxation theorem for a non-monotonic approach to equilibrium

Reid, James C.; Evans, Denis J.; Searles, Debra J.

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Relaxation of a system to equilibrium is as ubiquitous, essential, and as poorly quantified as any phenomena in physics. For over a century, the most precise description of relaxation has been Boltzmann's H-theorem, predicting that a uniform ideal gas will relax monotonically. Recently, the relaxation theorem has shown that the approach to equilibrium can be quantified in terms of the dissipation function first defined in the proof of the Evans-Searles fluctuation theorem. Here, we provide the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-01-11
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/16927
Source: The Journal of Chemical Physics
DOI: 10.1063/1.3675847

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