Workshop on Quantum Information and Thermodynamics

Quantum Information Group @ CBPF

Workshop on Quantum Information and Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that uses macroscopic variables, such as temperature, internal energy, and pressure, to describe general properties of systems, without paying attention to peculiar properties of particular materials. Thermodynamics does not care about the microscopic behaviors of the huge number of components of a macroscopic system, it only cares about the bulk properties… So, you’re a probably scratching your head now and thinking “how come the words quantum and thermodynamics feature together in the title of an workshop? Isn’t quantum all about micro and not macro??”

Fair point! But recently we’ve been witnessing a surge in articles trying to understand the emergence of thermodynamics from quantum information principles. This field has been coined Quantum Thermodynamics, and it’s booming. Questions people in this area want to answer include: How the macroscopic laws of thermodynamics emerge from the reversible quantum (and classical) dynamics? How to understand the…

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