Dimer as a challenge to the second law*
Institute of Physics of Charles University, Faculty
of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 121 16 Prague 2,
Revised: 22 March 2003
Published online: 4 August 2003
A simple system consisting of an asymmetric dimer cooperating with two baths is presented as a challenge to the second law of thermodynamics. This requires specific coupling of the dimer to the baths and a specific thermodynamic regime.
PACS: 05.30.-d – Quantum statistical mechanics / 05.70.-a – Thermodynamics
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