Generalized fluctuation theorems for classical systems. Academic Article uri icon


  • The fluctuation theorem has a very special place in the study of nonequilibrium dynamics of physical systems. The form in which it is used most extensively is the Gallavoti-Cohen fluctuation theorem which is in terms of the distribution of the work p(W)/p(-W)=exp(W). We derive the general form of the fluctuation theorems for an arbitrary multidimensional Gaussian Markov process. Interestingly, the parameter is by no means universal, hitherto taken for granted in the case of linear Gaussian processes. As a matter of fact, conditions under which does become a universal parameter 1/KT are found to be rather restrictive. As an application we consider fluctuation theorems for classical cyclotron motion of an electron in a parabolic potential. The motion of the electron is described by four coupled Langevin equations and thus is nontrivial. The generalized theorems are equally valid for nonequilibrium steady states and could be especially important in the presence of anisotropic diffusion.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., & Dattagupta, S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Dattagupta, Sushanta

publication date

  • November 2015