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Title: Heat capacity in nonequilibrium steady states
Authors: Boksenbojm, Eliran ×
Maes, Christian
Netocny, Karel
Pesek, Jirka #
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: Editions de Physique
Series Title: Europhysics Letters vol:96 issue:4 pages:-
Article number: 40001
Abstract: We show how to extend the concept of heat capacity to nonequilibrium systems. The main idea is to consider the excess heat released by an already dissipative system when slowly changing the environment temperature. We take the framework of Markov jump processes to embed the specific physics of small driven systems and we demonstrate that heat capacities can be consistently defined in the quasistatic limit. Away from thermal equilibrium, an additional term appears to the usual energy-temperature response at constant volume, explicitly in terms of the excess work. In linear order around an equilibrium dynamics that extra term is an energy-driving response and it is entirely determined from local detailed balance. Examples illustrate how the steady heat capacity can become negative when far from equilibrium. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2011
ISSN: 0295-5075
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Theoretical Physics Section
× corresponding author
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