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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Considerations on nonequilibrium entropy and temperature
Author: Ramos, J. Galvão
Vasconcellos, Áurea R.
Luzzi, Roberto
Abstract: Several aspects of the Thermodynamics of systems away from equilibrium are considered. Particular attention is given to the question of the concepts of entropy and temperature in arbitrary nonequilibrium conditions. Even though such state function and thermodynamic variable are elusive in such conditions, it is elaborated and discussed an approach to them that can be obtained in the framework of the so-called Informational Statistical Thermodynamics. This is the approach to Thermodynamics based on the statistical-mechanical foundations provided by a Gibbs ensemble-like algorithm in nonequilibrium situations. The resulting nonequilibrium temperature-like variable - dubbed as quasitemperature - is shown to be a quantity measurable with appropriate thermometric devices. A comparison of quasitemperatures that arise in different approximated nonequilibrium statistical-thermodynamic descriptions of the dissipative system is done. The validity of these different approximations is evaluated, and (in the framework of the theory) generalized Gibbs, Clausius, and Boltzmann's relations, as well as properties of the corresponding entropy-like function (or informational entropy in Jaynes-Shannon sense), that the theory introduces, are presented. Conceptual and physical aspects of the question are also discussed, and a partial comparison of these concepts with those arising in other approaches to irreversible thermodynamics is briefly attempted. This article is an enlargement of a paper in Fortschritte der Physik/Progress of Physics, 47, 9 (1999), where have been added extensive comments on the subject.
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Física
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0103-97332000000300021
Date Issue: 1-Jan-2000
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