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Quantum Thermodynamics

Emergence of Thermodynamic Behavior Within Composite Quantum Systems

  • Jochen Gemmer
  • M. Michel
  • Günter Mahler

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 784)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 3-6
    3. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 7-22
    4. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 23-39
    5. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 41-62
  3. Equilibrium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 65-68
    3. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Güunter Mahler
      Pages 69-76
    4. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Güunter Mahler
      Pages 77-83
    5. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Güunter Mahler
      Pages 85-93
    6. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Güunter Mahler
      Pages 95-105
    7. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 107-117
    8. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 119-127
    9. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 129-138
    10. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 139-148
    11. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 149-155
    12. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 157-171
    13. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, Günter Mahler
      Pages 173-188
  4. Non-equilibrium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 191-199
    3. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 201-213
    4. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 215-225
    5. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 227-240
    6. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 241-253
  5. Applications and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 257-261
    3. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 263-274
    4. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 275-289
    5. Jochen Gemmer, M. Michel, G. Mahler
      Pages 291-313
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1-29

About this book

Introduction

This introductory text treats thermodynamics as an incomplete description of quantum systems with many degrees of freedom. Its main goal is to show that the approach to equilibrium—with equilibrium characterized by maximum ignorance about the open system of interest—neither requires that many particles nor is the precise way of partitioning, relevant for the salient features of equilibrium and equilibration. Furthermore, the text depicts that it is indeed quantum effects that are at work in bringing about thermodynamic behavior of modest-sized open systems, thus making Von Neumann’s concept of entropy appear much more widely useful than sometimes feared, far beyond truly macroscopic systems in equilibrium.

This significantly revised and expanded second edition pays more attention to the growing number of applications, especially non-equilibrium phenomena and thermodynamic processes of the nano-domain. In addition, to improve readability and reduce unneeded technical details, a large portion of this book has been thoroughly rewritten.

 

 From the reviews of the first edition:

This textbook provides a comprehensive approach, from a theoretical physics point of view, to the question of emergence of thermodynamic behavior in quantum systems... [Its] strength lies in the careful development of the relevant concepts, in particular the question how large a system needs to be to exhibit thermodynamic behavior is addressed. Luc Rey-Bellet (Amherst, MA), Mathematical Reviews 2007e

Keywords

decohernece open quantum systems quantum entropy quantum mechanics quantum thermodynamics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Jochen Gemmer
    • 1
  • M. Michel
    • 2
  • Günter Mahler
    • 3
  1. 1.FB PhysikUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.School of Electronics &University of SurreyGuildford, SurreyUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Inst. Theoretische Physik undUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-70510-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-70509-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-70510-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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