Stochastic Stirling engine operating in contact with active baths

Ruben Zakine, Alexandre Solon, Todd Gingrich, Frédéric van Wijland*

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A Stirling engine made of a colloidal particle in contact with a nonequilibrium bath is considered and analyzed with the tools of stochastic energetics. We model the bath by non Gaussian persistent noise acting on the colloidal particle. Depending on the chosen definition of an isothermal transformation in this nonequilibrium setting, we find that either the energetics of the engine parallels that of its equilibrium counterpart or, in the simplest case, that it ends up being less efficient. Persistence, more than non-Gaussian effects, are responsible for this result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number193
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Active matter
  • Stirling engine
  • Stochastic energetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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