Volume 88, Number 3, November 2009
Article Number 30001
Number of page(s) 6
Section General
Published online 04 November 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 30001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/30001

Work and dissipation in 2D clusters

K. Nelissen1, B. Partoens1 and C. Van den Broeck2

1   Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen - Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium, EU
2   Departement WNI, Universiteit Hasselt - Agoralaan, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium, EU

received 29 September 2009; accepted in final form 15 October 2009; published November 2009
published online 4 November 2009

We show by extensive numerical simulations, that far-from-equilibrium experiments on dusty plasmas and on dipole particles in a circular cavity are good candidates for the verification of the Jarzynski equality, the Crooks relation and, to a lesser extent, of the recently obtained microscopic expression for the dissipated work.

05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
52.27.Lw - Dusty or complex plasmas; plasma crystals.
82.70.Dd - Colloids.

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