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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

The smallest possible thermal machines and the foundations of thermodynamics
Speaker(s): Sandu Popescu
Abstract: In my talk I raise the question of the fundamental limits to the size of thermal machines - refrigerators, heat pumps and work producing engines - and I will present the smallest possible ones. I will also discuss the issue of a possible complementarity between size and efficiency and show that even the smallest machines could be maximally efficient. Finally I will present a new point of view over what is work and what do thermal machines actually do.
Date: 18/05/2011 - 2:00 pm
Series: Colloquium
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