An experimental test of the Jarzynski equality in a mechanical experiment

Abstract : We have experimentally checked the Jarzynski equality and the Crooks relation on the thermal fluctuations of a macroscopic mechanical oscillator in contact with a heat reservoir. We found that, independently of the time scale and amplitude of the driving force, both relations are satisfied. These results give credit, at least in the case of Gaussian fluctuations, to the use of these relations in biological and chemical systems to estimate the free energy difference between two equilibrium states. An alternative method to estimate of the free nergy difference in isothermal process is proposed too.
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Frédéric Douarche, Sergio Ciliberto, Artyom Petrosyan, Ivan Rabbiosi. An experimental test of the Jarzynski equality in a mechanical experiment. EPL - Europhysics Letters, European Physical Society/EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/IOP Publishing, 2005, 70, pp.593. ⟨hal-00004271v3⟩



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