thermodynamics; statistical mechanics; entropies; quantum information theory
Kammerlander Philipp, Anders Janet (2016), Coherence and measurement in quantum thermodynamics, in Scientific Reports
del Rio Lidia, Hutter Adrian, Renner Renato, Wehner Stephanie, Relative thermalisation, in Physical Review E
The aim of this project is to investigate thermodynamical systems, in particular on the nanoscale, using modern methods from information theory. While research at the interface between thermodynamics and information theory has a long tradition, existing studies have mostly been restricted to the asymptotic regime of large systems. However, recently developed information-theoretic tools, in particular "one-shot entropic quantities", now allow to extend this research into the nanoscale regime, where fluctuations as well as quantum effects cannot be neglected. This is of particular interest for experimental physics, where the control of quantum systems becomes increasingly important.