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QUSCOPE Seminar - Alexia Auffèves: The role of quantum measurement in quantum thermodynamics

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Tuesday 4 October 2016,  at 10:15 - 11:00

Speaker: Alexia Auffèves, Institut Néel - CNRS, Grenoble, France

Title: The role of quantum measurement in quantum thermodynamics

Abstract: In this talk I will propose a new formalism to investigate stochastic thermodynamics in the quantum regime, where stochasticity and irreversibility primarily come from quantum measurement. In the absence of any bath, a purely quantum component to heat exchange is defined, that corresponds to energy fluctuations caused by measurement back-action. Energetic and entropic signatures of measurement induced irreversibility are then investigated for canonical experiments of quantum optics, and the energetic cost of counter-acting decoherence is characterized on a simple state-stabilizing protocol. By placing quantum measurement in a central position, our formalism contributes to bridge a gap between experimental quantum optics and quantum thermodynamics.

Coffee/tea and bread rolls at 10:00

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