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Quantum Thermodynamics

An introduction to the thermodynamics of quantum information
Sebastian Deffner, Steve Campbell


Introducing the emerging field of quantum thermodynamics, with a focus on its relation to quantum information and its implications for quantum computers and next-generation quantum technologies, this book is aimed at graduate-level physics students with a working knowledge of quantum mechanics and statistical physics. It provides a brief overview of the development of classical thermodynamics and its quantum formulation, explores typical thermodynamic settings such as cycles and work extraction protocols, and looks at the thermodynamics of quantum information processing, introducing the reader to some more state-of-the-art topics in this exciting and rapidly developing research field.

About Editors

Sebastian Deffner received his doctorate from the University of Augsburg in 2011. He has held positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 2016, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he leads the quantum thermodynamics group.

Steve Campbell is a senior research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He spent time at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan, in 2013 and was awarded a fellowship from INFN Milano, Italy, in 2017.

Table of Contents


About the Authors


1 The principles of modern thermodynamics

1.1 A phenomenological theory of heat and work

1.1.1 The five laws of thermodynamics

1.1.2 Finite-time thermodynamics and endoreversibility

1.2 The advent of Stochastic Thermodynamics

1.2.1 Microscopic dynamics

1.2.2 Stochastic energetics

1.2.3 Jarzynski equality and Crooks theorem

1.3 Foundations of statistical physics from quantum entanglement

1.3.1 Entanglement assisted invariance

1.3.2 Microcanonical state from envariance

1.3.3 Canonical state from quantum envariance

1.4 Work, heat, and entropy production

1.4.1 Quantum work and quantum heat

1.4.2 Quantum entropy production

1.4.3 Two-time energy measurement approach

1.4.4 Quantum fluctuation theorem for arbitrary observables

1.4.5 Quantum entropy production in phase space

1.5 Checklist for "The principles of modern thermodynamics"

1.6 Problems


2 Thermodynamics of Quantum Systems

2.1 Quantum thermometry

2.1.1 Thermometry for Harmonic Spectra

2.1.2 Optimal Thermometers

2.2 Quantum heat engines – engines with atomic working fluids

2.2.1 The Otto Cycle: Classical to quantum formulation

2.2.2 A two-level Otto cycle

2.2.3 Endoreversible Otto cycle

2.3 Work extraction from quantum systems

2.3.1 Work extraction from arrays of quantum batteries

2.3.2 Powerful charging of quantum batteries

2.4 Quantum decoherence and the tale of quantum Darwinism

2.4.1 Work, heat, and entropy production for dynamical semigroups

2.4.2 Entropy production as correlation

2.4.3 Quantum Darwinism: Emergence of classical objectivity

2.5 Checklist for "Thermodynamics of Quantum Systems"

2.6 Problems


3 Thermodynamics of Quantum Information

3.1 Quantum thermodynamics of information

3.1.1 Thermodynamics of classical information processing

3.1.2 A quantum sharpening of Landauer's bound

3.1.3 New Landauer bounds for non-equilibrium quantum systems

3.2 Performance diagnostics of quantum annealers

3.2.1 Fluctuation theorem for quantum annealers

3.2.2 Experimental test on the D-Wave machine

3.3 Kibble-Zurek Scaling of Irreversible Entropy

3.3.1 Fundamentals of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism

3.3.2 Example: the Landau-Zener model

3.3.3 Kibble-Zurek mechanism and entropy production

3.4 Error correction in adiabatic quantum computers

3.4.1 Quantum error correction in quantum annealers

3.4.2 Adiabatic quantum computing – A case for shortcuts to adiabaticity

3.4.3 Counterdiabatic Hamiltonian for scale-invariant driving

3.5 Checklist for "Thermodynamics of Quantum Information"

3.6 Problems



List of figures



Paperback ISBN: 9780750329927

Ebook ISBN: 9781643276571

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2571/ab21c6

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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