Interdisciplinary Seminar in Nonlinear Science

Title: Positivity of Entropy Production for Quantum Spin Systems
Speaker: Prof. David Ruelle, IHES
Speaker Info: France
Brief Description:
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We consider a quantum spin system consisting of a finite subsystem connected to infinite reservoirs at different temperatures. In this setup we define nonequilibrium steady states and prove that the rate of entropy production in such states is nonnegative. Then we discuss the definition of entropy production, and see that there are physical questions which remain to be clarified.
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Time: 3:00PM
Where: Tech M416
Contact Person: Amie Wilkinson
Contact email: a-wilkinson2@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5486
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