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A Stirling effort

The realization of a single-particle Stirling engine pushes thermodynamics into stochastic territory where fluctuations dominate, and points towards a better understanding of energy transduction at the microscale.

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Figure 1: A Stirling engine converts heat into mechanical work by compression and expansion of a working fluid housed in a container in contact with heat baths at different temperatures (shown in red and blue).


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Horowitz, J., Parrondo, J. A Stirling effort. Nature Phys 8, 108–109 (2012).

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