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The Brownian gyrator: a minimal heat engine on the nano-scale

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A Brownian particle moving in the vicinity of a generic potential minimum under the influence of dissipation and thermal noise from two different heat baths is shown to act as a minimal heat engine, generating a systematic torque onto the physical object at the origin of the potential and an opposite torque onto the medium generating the dissipation.Comment: Phys. Rev. Lett., in pres

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