Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Jarzynski, Christopher
Location University of Maryland, College Park
Primary Field Applied Physical Sciences
Secondary Field Physics
 Research Interests
Jarzynski's research interests include theoretical and computational work at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology, with a particular focus on nonequilibrium phenomena and the role of fluctuations in the application of thermodynamic principles to microscopic systems. In 1996 he derived an equality that relates irreversible work to equilibrium free energy differences. This prediction has been verified in numerous experiments, on systems ranging from optically manipulated biomolecules and torsional pendula to quantum dots and trapped ions. The recent interests of his research group include quantum control and thermodynamics, the thermodynamic arrow of time, the physical implications of information processing, and applications of thermodynamics to problems of biophysical interest.

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