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And even if it weren’t quite right, the first-order error in tà would create only a second-order error in the transport coefficient. Furthermore, choosing tà as the segment length will ensure that the system reaches equilibrium in the shortest possible time with unconstrained fluxes. Since x0 ðx; tÞ ¼ ÀQðtÞSx for t intermediate, the Markov procedure predicts for a long time interval à x0 ðx; tÞ ¼ ðÀQðtà ÞSÞt=t x; > tà t$ ð80Þ the second law of nonequilibrium thermodynamics 27 This can be written as an exponential decay with relaxation time tà = ln½ÀQðtà ÞSŠ.

39 Rate of Entropy Production The constrained rate of first entropy production for the total system is ð1Þ _ xÞ ¼ S_ ð1Þ _ xÞ þ x_ r Á Xr S_ total ðx; s ðx; ¼ ½x_ 0 À x_ r Š Á Xs ðxÞ þ x_ r Á Xr ð149Þ This is a general result that holds for any structure x, and any internal flux x_ ¼ ½Á0 x À Áxr Š=t, and any external flux x_ r ¼ Áxr =t. In the most likely state, the internal force equals the reservoir force, Xs ðxÞ ¼ Xr , and the internal flux vanishes because the change in the reservoir exactly compensates the change in the subsystem.

Take, for example, the case of a subsystem with mobile charges on which is imposed crossed electric and magnetic fields. A steady current flows in the direction of the electric field, and an internal voltage is induced transverse to the electric field such that there is no net transverse force or flux (Hall effect). The induced transverse force is not equal to the imposed magnetic force (but it is equal and opposite to the induced Lorentz force), and hence the earlier result for the average internal force equalling the imposed force no longer holds.

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