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Quantum and Information Thermodynamics: A Unifying Framework Based on Repeated Interactions Strasberg, Philipp ; ; et al in Physical Review X (2017), 7(021003), We expand the standard thermodynamic framework of a system coupled to a thermal reservoir by <br />considering a stream of independently prepared units repeatedly put into contact with the system. These ... [more ▼] We expand the standard thermodynamic framework of a system coupled to a thermal reservoir by <br />considering a stream of independently prepared units repeatedly put into contact with the system. These <br />units can be in any nonequilibrium state and interact with the system with an arbitrary strength and <br />duration. We show that this stream constitutes an effective resource of nonequilibrium free energy, and we <br />identify the conditions under which it behaves as a heat, work, or information reservoir. We also show that <br />this setup provides a natural framework to analyze information erasure (“Landauer’s principle”) and <br />feedback-controlled systems (“Maxwell’s demon”). In the limit of a short system-unit interaction time, we <br />further demonstrate that this setup can be used to provide a thermodynamically sound interpretation to <br />many effective master equations. We discuss how nonautonomously driven systems, micromasers, lasing <br />without inversion and the electronic Maxwell demon can be thermodynamically analyzed within our <br />framework. While the present framework accounts for quantum features (e.g., squeezing, entanglement, <br />coherence), we also show that quantum resources do not offer any advantage compared to classical ones in <br />terms of the maximum extractable work. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 273 (6 UL)Quantum Thermodynamics with Degenerate Eigenstate Coherences Bulnes Cuetara, Gregory ; Esposito, Massimiliano ; in Entropy (2016), 18(447), We establish quantum thermodynamics for open quantum systems weakly coupled to their reservoirs when the system exhibits degeneracies. The first and second law of thermodynamics are derived, as well as a ... [more ▼] We establish quantum thermodynamics for open quantum systems weakly coupled to their reservoirs when the system exhibits degeneracies. The first and second law of thermodynamics are derived, as well as a finite-time fluctuation theorem for mechanical work and energy and matter currents. Using a double quantum dot junction model, local eigenbasis coherences are shown to play a crucial role on thermodynamics and on the electron counting statistics. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 179 (6 UL)Effective fluctuation theorems for electron transport in a double quantum dot coupled to a quantum point contact Bulnes Cuetara, Gregory ; Esposito, Massimiliano ; et al in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2013), 88(115134), A theoretical study is reported of electron transport at finite temperature in a double quantum dot (DQD) capacitively coupled to a quantum point contact (QPC) for the measurement of the DQD charge state ... [more ▼] A theoretical study is reported of electron transport at finite temperature in a double quantum dot (DQD) capacitively coupled to a quantum point contact (QPC) for the measurement of the DQD charge state. Starting from a Hamiltonian model, a master equation is obtained for the stochastic process taking place in the DQD while the QPC is at or away from equilibrium, allowing us to study the measurement back-action of the QPC onto the DQD. The QPC is treated nonperturbatively in our analysis. Effective fluctuation theorems are established for the full counting statistics of the DQD current under different limiting conditions. These fluctuation theorems hold with respect to an effective affinity characterizing the nonequilibrium environment of the DQD and differing from the applied voltage if the QPC is out of equilibrium. The effective affinity may even change its sign if the Coulomb drag of the QPC reverses the DQD current. The thermodynamic implications of the effective fluctuation theorems are discussed. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 216 (7 UL)Single-electron transistor strongly coupled to vibrations: counting statistics and fluctuation theorem ; ; et al in New Journal of Physics (2013), 033032 Using a simple quantum master equation approach, we calculate the full counting statistics of a single-electron transistor strongly coupled to vibrations. The full counting statistics contains both the ... [more ▼] Using a simple quantum master equation approach, we calculate the full counting statistics of a single-electron transistor strongly coupled to vibrations. The full counting statistics contains both the statistics of integrated particle and energy currents associated with the transferred electrons and phonons. A universal as well as an effective fluctuation theorem are derived for the general case where the various reservoir temperatures and chemical potentials are different. The first relates to the entropy production generated in the junction, while the second reveals internal information of the system. The model recovers the Franck–Condon blockade, and potential applications to noninvasive molecular spectroscopy are discussed. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 152 (5 UL)Thermodynamics of a Physical Model Implementing a Maxwell Demon ; ; et al in Physical Review Letters (2013), 110(4)(040601(5)), 040601-1 We present a physical implementation of a Maxwell demon which consists of a conventional single electron transistor (SET) capacitively coupled to another quantum dot detecting its state. Altogether, the ... [more ▼] We present a physical implementation of a Maxwell demon which consists of a conventional single electron transistor (SET) capacitively coupled to another quantum dot detecting its state. Altogether, the system is described by stochastic thermodynamics. We identify the regime where the energetics of the SET is not affected by the detection, but where its coarse-grained entropy production is shown to contain a new contribution compared to the isolated SET. This additional contribution can be identified as the information flow generated by the ‘‘Maxwell demon’’ feedback in an idealized limit. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 421 (4 UL)Stochastic thermodynamics for “Maxwell demon” feedbacks Esposito, Massimiliano ; in Europhysics Letters (2012), 99(30003), We propose a way to incorporate the effect of a specific class of feedback processes into <br /><br />stochastic thermodynamics. These “Maxwell demon” feedbacks do not affect the system energetics <br ... [more ▼] We propose a way to incorporate the effect of a specific class of feedback processes into <br /><br />stochastic thermodynamics. These “Maxwell demon” feedbacks do not affect the system energetics <br /><br />but only the energy barriers between the system states (in a way which depends on the system <br /><br />states). They are thus of a purely informational nature. We show that the resulting formalism can <br /><br />be applied to study the thermodynamic effect of a feedback process acting on electron transfers <br /><br />through a junction. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 314 (10 UL) |
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