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The Adiabatic Piston and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Crosignani, Bruno and Di Porto, Paolo and Conti, Claudio (2002) The Adiabatic Piston and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In: Quantum limits to the Second Law. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.643. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY , pp. 267-272. ISBN 0-7354-0098-9.

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A detailed analysis of the adiabatic-piston problem reveals peculiar dynamical features that challenge the general belief that isolated systems necessarily reach a static equilibrium state. In particular, the fact that the piston behaves like a perpetuum mobile, i.e., it never stops but keeps wandering, undergoing sizable oscillations, around the position corresponding to maximum entropy, has remarkable implications on the entropy variations of the system and on the validity of the second law when dealing with systems of mesoscopic dimensions.

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Additional Information:© 2002 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 20 November 2002.
Subject Keywords:nonequilibrium thermodynamics, mesoscopic systems, heat engines, physics fundamentals, entropy, oscillations, fluctuations, size effect
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:643
Classification Code:PACS: 05.70.Ln
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Official Citation:The Adiabatic Piston and the Second Law of Thermodynamics Bruno Crosignani, Paolo Di Porto, and Claudio Conti, AIP Conf. Proc. 643, 267 (2002), DOI:10.1063/1.1523815
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