Correlations in quantum thermodynamics: Heat, work, and entropy production
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- Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences
- Sharif University of Technology
- National Institute for Nuclear Physics
We provide a characterization of energy in the form of exchanged heat and work between two interacting constituents of a closed, bipartite, correlated quantum system. By defining a binding energy we derive a consistent quantum formulation of the first law of thermodynamics, in which the role of correlations becomes evident, and this formulation reduces to the standard classical picture in relevant systems. We next discuss the emergence of the second law of thermodynamics under certain-but fairly general-conditions such as the Markovian assumption. We illustrate the role of correlations and interactions in thermodynamics through two examples.
|Publication status||Published - 21 Oct 2016|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|