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Thermodynamics of Weakly Coherent Collisional Models

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Rodrigues, Franklin L. S. [1] ; De Chiara, Gabriele [2] ; Paternostro, Mauro [2] ; Landi, Gabriel T. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Fis, BR-05314970 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Queens Univ Belfast, Sch Math & Phys, Ctr Theoret Atom Mol & Opt Phys, Belfast BT7 1NN, Antrim - North Ireland
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review Letters; v. 123, n. 14 OCT 3 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 1

We introduce the idea of weakly coherent collisional models, where the elements of an environment interacting with a system of interest are prepared in states that are approximately thermal but have an amount of coherence proportional to a short system-environment interaction time in a scenario akin to well-known collisional models. We show that, in the continuous-time limit, the model allows for a clear formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, which are modified to include a nontrivial contribution related to quantum coherence. Remarkably, we derive a bound showing that the degree of such coherence in the state of the elements of the environment represents a resource, which can be consumed to convert heat into an ordered (unitarylike) energy term in the system, even though no work is performed in the global dynamics. Our results therefore represent an instance where thermodynamics can be extended beyond thermal systems, opening the way for combining classical and quantum resources. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/50304-7 - Entropy production in non-equilibrium quantum processes: from foundations to quantum technologies
Grantee:Gabriel Teixeira Landi
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/12813-0 - Quantum thermodynamics of bosonic systems
Grantee:Gabriel Teixeira Landi
Support type: Regular Research Grants