This book introduces and discusses both the fundamental aspects and the measurability of applications of time-symmetric kinetic quantities, outlining the features that constitute the non-dissipative branch of non-equilibrium physics.
These specific features of non-equilibrium dynamics have largely been ignored in standard statistical mechanics texts. This introductory-level book offers novel material that does not take the traditional line of extending standard thermodynamics to the irreversible domain.
It shows that although stationary dissipation is essentially equivalent with steady non-equilibrium and ubiquitous in complex phenomena, non-equilibrium is not determined solely by the time-antisymmetric sector of energy-entropy considerations. While this should not be very surprising, this book provides timely, simple reminders of the role of time-symmetric and kinetic aspects in the construction of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.
I. Introductory comments
II. (Non-)dissipative e?ects?
III. On the stationary distribution
A. The di?erence between a lake and a river
B. From the uniform to a peaked distribution
C. Heat bounds
D. Population inversion
E. Variational principles
F. Recent examples
2. No thermodynamic pressure
IV. Transport properties
A. Current direction decided by time-symmetric factors
B. Negative di?erential conductivity
C. Death and resurrection of a current
A. Standard ?uctuation-dissipation relation
B. Enters dynamical activity
C. Second order response
D. Breaking of local detailed balance
VI. Frenetic bounds to dissipation rates
VII. Symmetry breaking
A. Reactivities, escape rates
B. Non-gradient a
spects are non-dissipative