Entropy creation in nonequilibrium thermodynamics: a review


Entropy might be a not well defined concept if the system can undergo transformations involving stationary nonequilibria. It might be analogous to the heat content (once called “caloric”) in transformations that are not isochoric (i.e. which involve mechanical work): it could be just a quantity that can be transferred or created, like heat in equilibrium. The text first reviews the philosophy behind a recently proposed definition of entropy creation in nonequilibrium stationary systems. Then follows a detailed technical attempt at defining the entropy of a stationary states via their variational properties. The unsatisfactory aspects of the results add arguments in favor of the nonexistence of a function of state to be identified with entropy; at the same time new aspects and properties of the phase space contraction emerge.

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@inproceedings{Gallavotti2008EntropyCI, title={Entropy creation in nonequilibrium thermodynamics: a review}, author={Giovanni Gallavotti}, year={2008} }