Rebuilding quantum thermodynamics on quantum measurement

09.11.2017 11:30 - 13:00

Alexia Auffèves from Institut Néel - CNRS, Grenoble, France, gives a talk about "Rebuilding quantum thermodynamics on quantum measurement".

Thermodynamics relies on randomness. In classical thermodynamics, the coupling to a thermal bath induces stochastic fluctuations on the system considered: Thermodynamic irreversibility stems from such fluctuations [1], which also provide the fuel of thermal engines. Quantum theory has revealed the existence of an ultimate source of randomness: Quantum measurement through the well-known measurement postulate [2].

In this talk I will present recent attempts to rebuild quantum thermodynamics on quantum measurement, from quantum irreversibility to quantum engines extracting work from quantum fluctuations [3,4].


[1] A. Auffèves, Viewpoint : Nuclear spin points out the arrow of time, Physics 8, 106 (2015)

[2] A. Auffèves, P. Grangier, Recovering the quantum formalism from physically realist axioms, Scientific Reports 43365 (2017)

[3] C. Elouard, D. Herrera-Marti, M. Clusel, A. Auffèves, The role of quantum measurement in stochastic thermodynamics, npj QI 10.1038 (2017)

[4] C. Elouard, D. Herrera-Marti, B. Huard, A. Auffèves, Extracting work from quantum measurement in Maxwell’s demon engines, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 260603 (2017), featured in and Nature Research Highlights

Host: Philip Walther
Ernst-Mach lecture hall, Boltzmanngasse 5, 2nd floor, A-1090 Vienna