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

@article{Schmidtke2018StiffnessOP, 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}, year={2018}, volume={98 1-1}, pages={ 012123 } }

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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