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Molecular ratchets: Verification of the principle of detailed balance and the second law of dynamics

Sebastian, KL (2000) Molecular ratchets: Verification of the principle of detailed balance and the second law of dynamics. In: Physical Review E, 61 (1). pp. 937-939.

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Abstract

We argue that the recent experiments of Kelly et al. [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 36, 1866 (1997)] on molecular ratchets, in addition to being in agreement with the second law of thermodynamics, is a test of the principle of detailed balance for the ratchet. We suggest experiments, using an asymmetric ratchet, to further test the principle. We also point out methods involving a time variation of the temperature to give it a directional motion.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 06:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/16249

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