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Fluctuations and macroscopic irreversibility.

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Publication date1997
Host publicationNoise in Physical Systems and 1/f Fluctuations
EditorsC. Claeys, E. Simoen
Place of publicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)981-02-3141-5
Original languageEnglish


Experiments on noise-driven electronic models are being used to test fundamental tenets of fluctuation theory. It is shown that large fluctuations in equilibrium systems display time-reversal symmetry, as had been widely assumed, whereas those in far-from-equilibrium systems are irreversible and exhibit rotational flow.

Bibliographic note

From Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Noise in Physical Systems and 1/f Fluctuations, Leuven, 14-18 July 1997.