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Free Energy Changes, Fluctuations, and Path Probabilities

By William G. Hoover and Carol G. Hoover


We illustrate some of the static and dynamic relations discovered by Cohen, Crooks, Evans, Jarzynski, Kirkwood, Morriss, Searles, and Zwanzig. These relations link nonequilibrium processes to equilibrium isothermal free energy changes and to dynamical path probabilities. We include ideas suggested by Dellago, Geissler, Oberhofer, and Schoell-Paschinger. Our treatment is intended to be pedagogical, for use in an updated version of our book: Time Reversibility, Computer Simulation, and Chaos. Comments are very welcome.Comment: 11 page

Topics: Condensed Matter - Statistical Mechanics, Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics
Year: 2011
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