Optimization of Stochastic Heat Engines in the Underdamped Limit

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Springer, Jan 2, 2017 - Science - 91 pages
Nikolas Zöller examines the working principles and the underlying theoretical foundations of a microscopic heat engine. In particular, he investigates the system’s stochastic dynamics in the underdamped regime which has hardly been studied in the past, but will be experimentally feasible in the near future due to recent technological developments. Emphasis is put on the maximization of the engine’s efficiency at maximum power through optimization of the driving protocol. In addition, possible experimental realizations of a microscopic heat engine are discussed.
 

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Contents

List of Figures
8
1 Introduction
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2 Stochastic Heat Engine Overdamped Regime
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3 Experimental Setups in Overdamped and Underdamped Regimes
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4 Stochastic Heat Engine Underdamped Regime
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5 Entropy Production in Inhomogeneous Thermal Environments
73
6 Conclusions and Outlook
81
Appendix
83
Bibliography
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Nikolas Zöller is currently working as a research associate at the Institute for Urban Futures at the Applied University of Potsdam where he applies concepts from theoretical physics and statistics to sociological problems.

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