## Instructor:

## Semester:

- 2013 Spring/Summer (Jan - May)

**Syllabus**:

Historical: Szilard heat engine, Negentropy, Landauer's principle, reversible computation, ballistic computation, Feynman's ratchet and pawl, Flashing ratchets.

Stochastic thermodynamics (from Udo Seifert's book): Langevin equation, Fokker-Planck equation, stochastic energetics, stochastic entropy.

Geometric stochasic thermodynamics: Brownian motion on a manifold, covariant formulations of the Langevin equation and Fokker-Planck equation.

Recent work: Axiomatic descriptions of the Fokker-Planck equations, physics of the bit, finite-time versions of Landauer's principle by Aurell et al., batteries, catalysis, cost of computing.

**Grading (Tentative)**: Scribe notes (25) + Class presentations (50) + Final project (25).

**Textbooks: **Stochastic thermodynamics: Principles and perspectives by Udo Seifert.