Path-integral analysis of fluctuation theorems for general Langevin processes

Vladimir Y. Chernyak, Michael Chertkov, Christopher Jarzynski

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We examine classical, transient fluctuation theorems within the unifying framework of Langevin dynamics. We explicitly distinguish between the effects of non-conservative forces that violate detailed balance, and non-autonomous dynamics arising from the variation of an external parameter. When both these sources of nonequilibrium behaviour are present, there naturally arise two distinct fluctuation theorems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberP08001
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Driven diffusive systems (theory)
  • Exact results
  • Rigorous results in statistical mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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