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MPNS COST Action 1205
Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics

European Cooperation in Science and Technology
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Department of Physics & Astronomy

University College London, United Kingdom

Project Title:

Exploring stochastic thermodynamics with optical traps

Abstract:

The theory of equilibrium statistical mechanics is well established, and has found direct or indirect confirmation in a wide range of experiments. This is not the case for the emerging field of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. In this case, a general theory has yet to be formulated, although a number of theorems (e.g. fluctuations and work theorems) have been introduced to link different physical quantities in system out of equilibrium. The aim of the proposed research is to develop further, through proof-of-principle experiments with optical traps in optofluidic systems, the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, with a view towards a unified description.

Funding sources:

Leverhulme Trust


WG2: Optical control in microfluidics

Project leaders

Philip Jones

People involved in the project

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