par Nicolis, Grégoire ;De Decker, Yannick
Référence Entropy, 19, 9, 434
Publication Publié, 2017-09
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : A stochastic thermodynamics of Brownian motion is set up in which state functions are expressed in terms of state variables through the same relations as in classical irreversible thermodynamics, with the difference that the state variables are now random fields accounting for the effect of fluctuations. Explicit expressions for the stochastic analog of entropy production and related quantities are derived for a dilute solution of Brownian particles in a fluid of light particles. Their statistical properties are analyzed and, in the light of the insights afforded, the thermodynamics of a single Brownian particle is revisited and the status of the second law of thermodynamics is discussed.