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Events During the Week of March 29th through April 5th, 2020

Monday, March 30th, 2020

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Chicago Quantum Exchange Seminar Series
Jeff Thompson, Princeton
Time: 11:00 am
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Jeff Thompson, Princeton University
Host: Shimon Kolkowitz
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Physics Department Colloquium
Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Christopher Jarzynski, University of Maryland
Abstract: Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects, nanoscale systems also exhibit “thermodynamic-like” behavior – for instance, biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical work, and single molecules exhibit hysteresis when manipulated using optical tweezers. To what extent can the laws of thermodynamics be scaled down to apply to individual microscopic systems, and what new features emerge at the nanoscale? I will describe some of the challenges and recent progress – both theoretical and experimental – associated with addressing these questions. Along the way, my talk will touch on non-equilibrium fluctuations, “violations” of the second law, the thermodynamic arrow of time, nanoscale feedback control, strong system-environment coupling, and quantum thermodynamics.
Host: Alex Levchenko
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