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Introduction to Quantum Thermodynamics (Lecture Notes)


Patrick P. Potts


The theory of quantum thermodynamics investigates how the concepts of heat, work, and temperature can be carried over to the quantum realm, where fluctuations and randomness are fundamentally unavoidable. Of particular practical relevance is the investigation of quantum thermal machines: Machines that use the flow of heat in order to perform some useful task. In this lectures series, we give a brief introduction into how the laws of thermodynamics arise from quantum theory and how thermal machines can be described with Markovian quantum master equations. Recent results are illustrated with examples such as a quantum dot heat engine and a qubit entangler.

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ArXiv number: 1906.07439