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Thermodynamic inference based on coarse-grained data or noisy measurements
Reinaldo Garcia Garcia
Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique-UMR CNRS Gulliver 7083
jeudi 12 mai 2016 , 10h25
Salle de séminaire du groupe de Physique Statistique

Fluctuation theorems have become an important tool in single-molecule biophysics to measure free-energy differences from nonequilibrium experiments. When significant coarse-graining or noise affect the measurements, the determination of the free energies becomes challenging. In order to address this thermodynamic inference problem, we propose improved estimators of free-energy differences based on fluctuation theorems, which we test on a number of examples. The effect of the noise can be described by an effective temperature, which only depends on the signal-to-noise ratio, when the work is Gaussian distributed and uncorrelated with the error made on the work. The notion of effective temperature appears less useful for non-Gaussian work distributions or when the error is correlated with the work, but nevertheless, as we show, improved estimators can still be constructed for such cases. The role of information flow between hidden and measured variables will be clarified.



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