Thermodynamic Bounds on Precision in Ballistic Multiterminal Transport

Kay Brandner*, Taro Hanazato, Keiji Saito

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For classical ballistic transport in a multiterminal geometry, we derive a universal trade-off relation between total dissipation and the precision, at which particles are extracted from individual reservoirs. Remarkably, this bound becomes significantly weaker in the presence of a magnetic field breaking time-reversal symmetry. By working out an explicit model for chiral transport enforced by a strong magnetic field, we show that our bounds are tight. Beyond the classical regime, we find that, in quantum systems far from equilibrium, the correlated exchange of particles makes it possible to exponentially reduce the thermodynamic cost of precision.

Original languageEnglish
Article number090601
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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