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Entropy 2013, 15(6), 2100-2128; doi:10.3390/e15062100

Quantum Thermodynamics: A Dynamical Viewpoint

Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
Received: 26 March 2013 / Revised: 21 May 2013 / Accepted: 23 May 2013 / Published: 29 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Information 2012)
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Abstract

Quantum thermodynamics addresses the emergence of thermodynamic laws from quantum mechanics. The viewpoint advocated is based on the intimate connection of quantum thermodynamics with the theory of open quantum systems. Quantum mechanics inserts dynamics into thermodynamics, giving a sound foundation to finite-time-thermodynamics. The emergence of the 0-law, I-law, II-law and III-law of thermodynamics from quantum considerations is presented. The emphasis is on consistency between the two theories, which address the same subject from different foundations. We claim that inconsistency is the result of faulty analysis, pointing to flaws in approximations.
Keywords: thermodynamics; open quantum systems; heat engines; refrigerators; quantum devices; finite time thermodynamics thermodynamics; open quantum systems; heat engines; refrigerators; quantum devices; finite time thermodynamics
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Kosloff, R. Quantum Thermodynamics: A Dynamical Viewpoint. Entropy 2013, 15, 2100-2128.

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