Stochastic thermodynamics of resetting
II. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Stuttgart - 70550 Stuttgart, Germany
Received: 26 February 2016
Accepted: 6 April 2016
Stochastic dynamics with random resetting leads to a non-equilibrium steady state. Here, we consider the thermodynamics of resetting by deriving the first and second law for resetting processes far from equilibrium. We identify the contributions to the entropy production of the system which arise due to resetting and show that they correspond to the rate with which information is either erased or created. Using Landauer's principle, we derive a bound on the amount of work that is required to maintain a resetting process. We discuss different regimes of resetting, including a Maxwell demon scenario where heat is extracted from a bath at constant temperature.
PACS: 05.70.Ln – Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics / 05.40.Jc – Brownian motion / 05.10.Gg – Stochastic analysis methods (Fokker-Planck, Langevin, etc.)
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