Prof. Katja Lindenberg (University of California)
A variety of simple model systems provide a theoretical testbed for a thorough characterization of the efficiency of operation of thermodynamic systems at maximum power (i.e., away from equilibrium) and also for the characterization of fluctuations in small thermodynamics systems in a non-equilibrium steady states. These models are particularly attractive because they can be explored analytically. Starting with idealized single quantum dot devices we will present a variety of such systems in a variety of operational modes. Our goal is to understand universal properties beyond the linear response regime.