Engineering Quantum Thermal Machines

Engineering Quantum Thermal Machines
Date & Time: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 -
10:00 to 11:00
Dr. Adolfo del Campo, University of Massachusetts
Room A814, Science Building, Zhongbei Campus, 3663 Zhongshan Road North, Shanghai


Quantum thermodynamics has the potential to impact energy science. Yet, the identification of scenarios characterized by a quantum supremacy, unmatched by the classical counterpart, remains challenging. In this talk I shall review recent advances in the engineering and optimization of quantum thermal machines. I will show that nonadiabatic many-particle effects can give rise to quantum supremacy in finite-time thermodynamics.

Further, quantum heat engines can be operated at maximum efficiency and arbitrarily high output power by making use of shortcuts to adiabaticity. A thermodynamic cost of these shortcuts will be elucidated by analyzing the full work distribution function and introducing a novel kind of work-energy uncertainty relation. I shall close by discussing the identification of scenarios with a quantum-enhanced performance in thermal machines run over many cycles. 


M. Beau, J. Jaramillo, A. del Campo, Entropy 18, 168 (2016);
J. Jaramillo, M. Beau, A. del Campo, New J. Phys. 18, 075019 (2016);
K. Funo, J.-N. Zhang, C. Chatou, K. Kim, M. Ueda and A. del Campo, arXiv:1609.08889 (2016);
G. Watanabe, B. P. Venkatesh, P. Talkner and A. del Campo, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2017).

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