Recently, the properties of nonequilibrium many-body quantum systems have aroused great curiosity of physicists. Numerous papers have been published about this area. But how do we measure how far the system is from equilibrium states?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

There are several proposals have been published, for example, using the heat which has been negated or using diagonal entropy. I am wondering whether using diagonal entropy to measure nonequilibrium has some flaws.

In thermodynamics, is there a measure to describe the distance between equilibrium and nonequilibrium?

Thanks so much!!

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# Distance between equilibrium and nonequilibrium states

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