Quantum Thermodynamics

Coordinators: Antonio Acín, Gabriele De Chiara, Sabrina Maniscalco, and Jukka Pekola

Recent years are witnessing a renewed interest in thermodynamic applications at the nanoscale. Technological advances are leading to unprecedented levels of miniaturisation in the fabrication of microscopic engines capable of producing work. Recent experiments have produced engines built with only a few degrees of freedom, as for example a single electron transistor and the recently developed single ion engine. At the nanoscale, thermal fluctuations are quite strong and cannot be ignored any longer. Moreover, it is also expected that at these scales and for low temperatures quantum effects play a role in the fluctuations of fundamental thermodynamic quantities, such as energy, entropy, work and heat.

Quantum thermodynamics aims at understanding thermodynamic phenomena at the quantum scale. Novel relevant questions arise, such as: how do the laws of thermodynamics emerge in the this regime? What is the role of quantum coherences and correlations, for example entanglement, in the efficiency of a thermodynamic transformation? What is the maximum amount of work extractable from a reservoir? Quantum thermodynamics is also relevant for quantum information processing, as thermodynamic considerations play a fundamental role in the design of quantum information technologies, and to many-body physics, as concepts and tools from this field are needed for the design of many-particle quantum engines.

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Important deadlines:

  • Abstract submission for contributed talks: April 10, 2018
  • Notification of selected contributed talks: May 1, 2018
  • Late Registration Fee: $380 starts May 25th ($330 before). Registration includes: Daily refreshment breaks, lunches and two Special Events Dinners

Invited speakers:

  • Alexia Auffeves - Institut Néel-CNRS Grenoble
  • Mari Carmen Bañuls - Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (Garching)
  • Michele Campisi - Italian Institute of Technology
  • Adolfo del Campo - University of Massachusetts
  • Tobias Donner - ETH Zürich
  • Ivan Khaymovich - Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden)
  • Nikolaj Kiesel - University of Vienna
  • Eric Lutz - University of Stuttgart
  • Benjamin Lev - Stanford
  • Dzmitry Matsukevich - Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
  • Juan Pablo Paz - University of Buenos Aires
  • Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler - University of Mainz
  • Jörg Schmiedmayer - Technical University of Vienna
  • Ulrich Schneider - University of Cambridge
  • Roberto Serra - Federal University of ABC
  • Irfan Siddiqi - University of California, Berkeley
  • Masahito Ueda - RIKEN & University of Tokio
  • Roberta Zambrini - IFISC-UIB Mallorca