Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)

, Volume 110, Issue 11, pp 1369–1374 | Cite as

Fluctuations and the second law of thermodynamics

  • L. E. Beghian


The problem of energy fluctuation of a small group of molecules in a physically incompressible system in thermal equilibrium is considered from the point of view of the dynamical evolution of the system. Through an appropriate solution of the time-dependent Liouville equation, it is shown that the system temperature is a constant of the motion, and that the phase density is canonical in form, involving a time-dependent Hamiltonian. It is concluded that in such a system the second law of thermodynamics is not violated contrary to current ideas. A comparison is made between the dynamical theory presented with traditional fluctuation theory based on stationary ensembles.


02.50.Ey Stochastic processes 


05.20.Gg Classical ensemble theory 


05.30.Ch Quantum ensemble theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Beghian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Massachusetts at LowellLowellUSA

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