Stiffness of probability distributions of work and Jarzynski relation for non-Gibbsian initial states.

  title={Stiffness of probability distributions of work and Jarzynski relation for non-Gibbsian initial states.},
  author={Daniel Schmidtke and Lars Knipschild and Michele Campisi and Robin Steinigeweg and Jochen Gemmer},
  journal={Physical review. E},
  volume={98 1-1},
We consider closed quantum systems (into which baths may be integrated) that are driven, i.e., subject to time-dependent Hamiltonians. Our point of departure is the assumption that if systems start in non-Gibbsian states at some initial energies, the resulting probability distributions of work may be largely independent of the specific initial energies. It is demonstrated that this assumption has some far-reaching consequences, e.g., it implies the validity of the Jarzynski relation for a large… 
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