Stochastic Thermodynamics and Thermodynamics of Information

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Luca Peliti will give six classes on Stochastic Thermodynamics and Thermodynamics of Information each morning Friday between 11 am and 1 pm starting from 20th April 2018.

1. Motivation:

Entropy and information, from Boltzmann to Gibbs to Shannon
Information devices as non-equilibrium statistical systems

2. Stochastic thermodynamics:

Basic structure
Relation with ordinary thermodynamics and statistical mechanics

3. Prerequisites:

Equilibrium thermodynamics
Equilibrium statistical mechanics
Basics of information theory:
– Shannon entropy
– Kullback-Leibler divergence
– Mutual and conditional information
Basics of large-deviation theory

4. Basic concepts of stochastic thermodynamics:

Systems in stochastic thermodynamics
Work and heat in stochastic thermodynamics
Mesoscopic and calorimetric heat
Fluctuating entropy
Multiple baths

5. Fluctuation relations:

Irreversibility and entropy production
Fluctuation relations: Integral and detailed
Jarzynski and Crooks relations and their use
Hatano-Sasa relation

6. Thermodynamics of information:

Thermodynamical computation systems
– In thermodynamics
– In computation
– In stochastic thermodynamics
Entropy balance in computation and feedback
Speed-accuracy tradeoffs

7. Experimental Maxwell demons:

Sagawa-Ueda-Sano Maxwell staircase
Landauer principle

8. Ramifications:

Analogy between work extraction, gambling and population dynamics
Statistical physics of adaptation
Historical (retrospective) fitness