Towards a Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Complex Systems

  • Date: Dec 2, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Prof. Massimiliano Esposito
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC)
  • Room: Ludwig Prandtl Hall - held under 2G conditions
  • Host: Dr. Aljaz Godec
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Abstract: I will start by discussing some of the main challenges that one faces when trying to formulate a nonequilibrium thermodynamics of complex systems. I will then discuss how to use stochastic thermodynamics to make progress in that direction by considering systems which display a macroscopic limit (e.g. chemical reaction networks, nonlinear electric circuits and Potts models). I will discuss in particular how an emergent second law can be used to bound the rate function of nonequilibrium steady states (NESS) using the macroscopic heat [1]. I will also describe a novel linear response regime at the level of NESS rate functions [2] and show that it saturates these bounds. If time permits, I will briefly describe some recent results on nonequilibrium phase transitions [3,4,5].

[1] N. Freitas and M. Esposito, "Emergent second law for non-equilibrium steady states", arXiv:2109.04906.
[2] N. Freitas, G. Falasco and M. Esposito, "Linear response in large deviations theory: A method to compute non-equilibrium distributions", New J. Phys. 23, 093003 (2021)
[3] J. Meibohm and M. Esposito, Finite-time dynamical phase transition in non-equilibrium relaxation, arXiv:2111.07681.
[4] T. Herpich, J. Thingna and M. Esposito, "Collective Power: Minimal Model for Thermodynamics of Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions", Phys. Rev. X 8, 031056 (2018)
[5] G. Falasco, R. Rao and M. Esposito, "Information Thermodynamics of Turing Patterns", Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 108301 (2018)
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