Fluctuations and frictionless thermostats in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
University of Rome
Mon, Jun. 22nd 2009, 14:15
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
Gaussian thermostats allowed in the 80's the emergence of new ideas and results in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and later the derivation of a few parameterless predictions, but they are often considered artificial and
unphysical: nevertheless their equivalence to frictionless thermostats in the sense of Feynman-Vernon can be shown to hold in the thermodynamic limit.