Non-equilibrium Dynamics, Thermalization and Entropy Production

  title={Non-equilibrium Dynamics, Thermalization and Entropy Production},
  author={Haye Hinrichsen and Christian Gogolin and Peter Janotta},
  journal={arXiv: Statistical Mechanics},
This paper addresses fundamental aspects of statistical mechanics such as the motivation of a classical state space with spontaneous transitions, the meaning of non-equilibrium in the context of thermalization, and the justification of these concepts from the quantum-mechanical point of view. After an introductory part we focus on the problem of entropy production in non-equilibrium systems. In particular, the generally accepted formula for entropy production in the environment is analyzed from… 

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