Thermodynamics in the Quantum Regime

Fundamental Aspects and New Directions

  • Felix Binder
  • Luis A. Correa
  • Christian Gogolin
  • Janet Anders
  • Gerardo Adesso

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 195)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Robert Alicki, Ronnie Kosloff
    Pages 1-33
  3. Continuous and Discrete Quantum Heat Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Arnab Ghosh, Wolfgang Niedenzu, Victor Mukherjee, Gershon Kurizki
      Pages 37-66
    3. Tova Feldmann, José P. Palao
      Pages 67-85
    4. Amikam Levy, David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky
      Pages 87-126
    5. Adolfo del Campo, Aurélia Chenu, Shujin Deng, Haibin Wu
      Pages 127-148
    6. Mark T. Mitchison, Patrick P. Potts
      Pages 149-174
    7. Robert S. Whitney, Rafael Sánchez, Janine Splettstoesser
      Pages 175-206
    8. Francesco Campaioli, Felix A. Pollock, Sai Vinjanampathy
      Pages 207-225
    9. Stella Seah, Stefan Nimmrichter, Alexandre Roulet, Valerio Scarani
      Pages 227-245
  4. Fluctuating Work and Irreversibility in the Quantum Regime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Ken Funo, Masahito Ueda, Takahiro Sagawa
      Pages 249-273
    3. Elisa Bäumer, Matteo Lostaglio, Martí Perarnau-Llobet, Rui Sampaio
      Pages 275-300
    4. Zoe Holmes
      Pages 301-316
    5. John Goold, Francesco Plastina, Andrea Gambassi, Alessandro Silva
      Pages 317-336
    6. Gabriele De Chiara, Paolo Solinas, Federico Cerisola, Augusto J. Roncaglia
      Pages 337-362
    7. Cyril Elouard, M. Hamed Mohammady
      Pages 363-393
    8. Tiago B. Batalhão, Stefano Gherardini, Jader P. Santos, Gabriel T. Landi, Mauro Paternostro
      Pages 395-410
  5. Equilibration and Thermalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Ben N. Balz, Jonas Richter, Jochen Gemmer, Robin Steinigeweg, Peter Reimann
      Pages 413-433
    3. Henrik Wilming, Thiago R. de Oliveira, Anthony J. Short, Jens Eisert
      Pages 435-455
    4. Lea F. Santos, Eduardo Jonathan Torres-Herrera
      Pages 457-479
    5. Antonella De Pasquale, Thomas M. Stace
      Pages 503-527
  6. Thermodynamics of Strongly-Coupled Open Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 529-529
    2. Ahsan Nazir, Gernot Schaller
      Pages 551-577
    3. Akihito Kato, Yoshitaka Tanimura
      Pages 579-595
    4. Nahuel Freitas, Rodrigo Gallego, Lluís Masanes, Juan Pablo Paz
      Pages 597-622
  7. Information-Theoretic Approaches to Quantum Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 623-623
    2. Nelly Huei Ying Ng, Mischa Prebin Woods
      Pages 625-650
    3. Toshio Croucher, Jackson Wright, André R. R. Carvalho, Stephen M. Barnett, Joan A. Vaccaro
      Pages 713-730
    4. Giuseppe Vitagliano, Claude Klöckl, Marcus Huber, Nicolai Friis
      Pages 731-750
    5. Erick Hinds Mingo, Yelena Guryanova, Philippe Faist, David Jennings
      Pages 751-771
    6. Mirjam Weilenmann, Lea Krämer, Renato Renner
      Pages 773-798
    7. Manabendra Nath Bera, Andreas Winter, Maciej Lewenstein
      Pages 799-820
  8. Experimental Platforms for Quantum Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 821-821
    2. James Millen, Jan Gieseler
      Pages 853-885
    3. Samuel T. Dawkins, Obinna Abah, Kilian Singer, Sebastian Deffner
      Pages 887-896
    4. Jonne V. Koski, Jukka P. Pekola
      Pages 897-915
    5. Yao Lu, Shuoming An, Jing-Ning Zhang, Kihwan Kim
      Pages 917-938
    6. Luca Mancino, Mario A. Ciampini, Mihai D. Vidrighin, Marco Sbroscia, Ilaria Gianani, Marco Barbieri
      Pages 939-957
    7. Nathanaël Cottet, Benjamin Huard
      Pages 959-981

About this book


Quantum Thermodynamics is a novel research field which explores the emergence of thermodynamics from quantum theory and addresses thermodynamic phenomena which appear in finite-size, non-equilibrium and finite-time contexts. Blending together elements from open quantum systems, statistical mechanics, quantum many-body physics, and  quantum information theory, it pinpoints thermodynamic advantages and barriers emerging from genuinely quantum properties such as quantum coherence and correlations. Owing to recent experimental efforts, the field is moving quickly towards practical applications, such as nano-scale heat devices, or thermodynamically optimised protocols for emergent quantum technologies.

Starting from the basics, the present volume reviews some of the most recent developments, as well as some of the most important open problems in quantum thermodynamics. The self-contained chapters provide concise and topical introductions to researchers who are new to the field. Experts will find them useful as a reference for the current state-of-the-art. In six sections the book covers topics such as quantum heat engines and refrigerators, fluctuation theorems, the emergence of thermodynamic equilibrium, thermodynamics of strongly coupled systems, as well as various information theoretic approaches including Landauer's principle and thermal operations. It concludes with a section dedicated to recent quantum thermodynamics experiments and experimental prospects on a variety of platforms ranging from cold atoms to photonic systems, and NV centres.


Quantum thermodynamics Quantum refrigerators/engines Quantum thermal machines/thermodynamics cycles Quantum fluctuation relations Heat and work in the quantum regime Thermal operations Equilibration and thermalization in closed systems Maxwell's demon/Szilard engine Information thermodynamics Non-equilibrium thermodynamics Finite-size thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Felix Binder
    • 1
  • Luis A. Correa
    • 2
  • Christian Gogolin
    • 3
  • Janet Anders
    • 4
  • Gerardo Adesso
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Physical and Mathematical SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.ICFO: Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesBarcelona Institute of Science and TechnologyCastelldefelsSpain
  4. 4.CEMPS, Physics and AstronomyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  5. 5.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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