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Accueil du site > Seminars > Séminaires théorie > Theory Club Jeudi 20 Avril 2017 à 13:00 en salle 646A. Deepak Bhat: "Dynamics of a piston pushed by a single particle gas: A microscopic model for Szilard engine".

Theory Club Jeudi 20 Avril 2017 à 13:00 en salle 646A. Deepak Bhat: "Dynamics of a piston pushed by a single particle gas: A microscopic model for Szilard engine"

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Dynamics of a piston pushed by a single particle gas: A microscopic model for Szilard engine

Deepak Bhat

Abstract: Motivated by the Szilard engine, we have studied the dynamics of a piston of large mass M inside a 1D cylinder, pushed by repeated elastic collisions with a single particle (of smaller mass m) which is in contact with a thermal reservoir of temperature T. Additionally, piston is assumed to be moving under influence of an external force. By expanding the underlying master equation of the piston-particle system in terms of the small parameter (m/M)1/2, we show that, an effective equation of motion of the piston can be deduced by integrating out the small particle. Given finite but large mass of the piston, we show that at short times the Piston’s motion is described by a deterministic dynamics while at larger times, the piston’s motion becomes stochastic and is described by a Langevin equation. Interestingly, we note that the dissipation coefficient depends on piston position X, and is also function of time t. In particular, it changes from an initial value (constant/X) and increases as log(t/X)/X asymptotically. We argue that the logarithmic increase of dissipation is associated to the interesting and unusual slow relaxation of particle confined within the reservoir and the piston.

Jeudi 20 Avril 2017 à 13:00 en salle 646A


Contact : Équipe séminaires / Seminar team - Published on / Publié le 19 April 2017


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