Asymmetry of the work probability distribution
Abstract
We show, both analytically and numerically, that for a nonlinear system making a transition from one equilibrium state to another under the action of an external time dependent force, the work probability distribution is in general asymmetric, even if the evolution dynamics has a symmetry.
 Publication:

Journal of Physics A Mathematical General
 Pub Date:
 November 2007
 DOI:
 10.1088/17518113/40/44/008
 arXiv:
 arXiv:condmat/0612423
 Bibcode:
 2007JPhA...4013269S
 Keywords:

 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics
 EPrint:
 7 pages, 5 figures