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A short story of quantum and information thermodynamics

by Alexia Auffèves

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Authors (as registered SciPost users): Alexia Auffèves
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Preprint Link: scipost_202103_00014v1  (pdf)
Date accepted: 2021-03-17
Date submitted: 2021-03-12 14:14
Submitted by: Auffèves, Alexia
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Lecture Notes
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • Quantum Physics
Approach: Theoretical


This Colloquium is a fast journey through the build-up of key thermodynamical concepts, i.e. work, heat and irreversibility -- and how they relate to information. Born at the time of industrial revolution to optimize the exploitation of thermal resources, these concepts have been adapted to small systems where thermal fluctuations are predominant. Extending the framework to quantum fluctuations is a great challenge of quantum thermodynamics, that opens exciting research lines e.g. measurement fueled engines or thermodynamics of driven-dissipative systems. On a more applied side, it provides the tools to optimize the energetic consumption of future quantum computers.

Author comments upon resubmission

I deeply thank the referee and the editor for their careful reading and fruitful suggestions.

List of changes

I have corrected all the typos and implemented all the suggestions made by the referee.
I have added the references [2], [3], [4], [10], [11], [18].

Published as SciPost Phys. Lect. Notes 27 (2021)

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