The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 5, pp 947–968 | Cite as

Extended local equilibrium approach to stochastic thermodynamics

  • Y. De Decker
  • A. Garcia Cantú Ros
  • G. Nicolis
Regular Article
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  1. Discussion and Debate: The Carnot Principle Revisited: Towards New Extensions?


A new approach to stochastic thermodynamics is developed, in which the local equilibrium hypothesis is extended to incorporate the effect of fluctuations. A fluctuating entropy in the form of a random functional of the fluctuating state variables is introduced, whose balance equation allows to identify the stochastic entropy flux and stochastic entropy production. The statistical properties of these quantities are analyzed and illustrated on representative examples.


Entropy European Physical Journal Special Topic Entropy Production Nonequilibrium Thermodynamic Thermodynamic Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. De Decker
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Garcia Cantú Ros
    • 3
  • G. Nicolis
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems (CENOLI)Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Nonlinear Physical Chemistry UnitUniversité libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchPotsdamGermany

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