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Quantum-trajectory approach to the stochastic thermodynamics of a forced harmonic oscillator.

Authors
  • Horowitz, Jordan M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical Review E
Publisher
American Physical Society (APS)
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2012
Volume
85
Issue
3 Pt 1
Pages
31110–31110
Identifiers
PMID: 22587041
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

I formulate a quantum stochastic thermodynamics for the quantum trajectories of a continuously monitored forced harmonic oscillator coupled to a thermal reservoir. Consistent trajectory-dependent definitions are introduced for work, heat, and entropy, through engineering the thermal reservoir from a sequence of two-level systems. Within this formalism the connection between irreversibility and entropy production is analyzed and confirmed by proving a detailed fluctuation theorem for quantum trajectories. Finally, possible experimental verifications are discussed.

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