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Maxwell's demon through the looking glass

Silagadze, Zurab (2007) Maxwell's demon through the looking glass. [Preprint]


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Mechanical Maxwell's demons, such as Smoluchowski's trapdoor and Feynman's ratchet and pawl need external energy source to operate. If you cease to feed a demon the Second Law of thermodynamics will quickly stop its operation. Nevertheless, if the parity is an unbroken symmetry of nature, it may happenthat a small modification leads to demons which do not need feeding. Such demons can act like perpetuum mobiles of the second kind: extract heat energy from only one reservoir, use it to do work and be isolated from the rest of ordinary world. Yet the Second Law is not violated because the demons pay their entropy cost in the hidden (mirror) sector of the world by emitting mirror photons.

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Item Type: Preprint
Silagadze, Zurab
Additional Information: Published in Acta Physica Polonica B38 (2007), 101-126.
Keywords: Maxwell's demon, mirror matter
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Zurab Silagadze
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3140

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