# Optimal protocols and optimal transport in stochastic thermodynamics.

@article{Aurell2011OptimalPA, title={Optimal protocols and optimal transport in stochastic thermodynamics.}, author={Erik Aurell and Carlos Mej{\'i}a-Monasterio and Paolo Muratore-Ginanneschi}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2011}, volume={106 25}, pages={ 250601 } }

Thermodynamics of small systems has become an important field of statistical physics. Such systems are driven out of equilibrium by a control, and the question is naturally posed how such a control can be optimized. We show that optimization problems in small system thermodynamics are solved by (deterministic) optimal transport, for which very efficient numerical methods have been developed, and of which there are applications in cosmology, fluid mechanics, logistics, and many other fields. We… CONTINUE READING

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