05-207 W. Aschbacher, V. Jaksic, Y. Pautrat, C.-A. Pillet
topics in non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics (695K, postscript) Jun 11, 05
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Abstract. These notes are an expanded and revised version of the lectures given by the second and fourth autor in the summer school "Open Quantum System" held in Grenoble, June 16-July 4, 2003. They provide an introduction to recent developments in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of open quantum systems, including a completely worked out (simple) example. We discuss non-equilibrium steady states (NESS) and their structural properties, entropy production, linear response theory and weak coupling limit. The emphasis is on Ruelle's scattering approach to the construction of NESS.

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