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Fluctuation-dissipation relations (FDR) have been a crucial tool in Statistical Physics. They relate the response of a system slightly removed from equilibrium to equilibrium properties and allow to connect transport coefficients to microscopic properties . In the recent years, there has been a growing interest in generalizing FDR to arbitrarily far from equilibrium systems , where classical FDR do not in general apply.
Our group has recently contributed to this field showing, in collaboration with J. Prost and J-F. Joanny, that FDR are valid out of equilibrium provided the correct conjugate observables are used . This new theorem has attracted considerable attention due to its general hypothesis (it can be applied to any Markovian system). We are currently working on its generalization to non-Markovian systems and its application to biophysical systems like Brownian motors or active gels.
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 J. Prost, J.F. Joanny, and J.M.R. Parrondo, Generalized Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem for Steady-State Systems. Physical Review Letters 103, 090601 (2009).