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260070 VU Foundations of mesoscopic engines - from classical to quantum (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 15 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 13.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 16.10. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 20.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 23.10. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 27.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 30.10. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 03.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 06.11. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 10.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 13.11. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 17.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 20.11. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 24.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 27.11. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 01.12. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 04.12. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 11.12. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 15.12. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 18.12. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 08.01. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 12.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 15.01. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Tuesday 19.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien
Friday 22.01. 13:00 - 13:45 Kurt-Gödel-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, EG, 1090 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

AIM OF THE COURSE
On the mesoscopic level, thermodynamic engines need to operate in a completely different regime than their well-known macroscopic counterparts.
Investigating these new concepts is part of the broader field of stochastic and quantum thermodynamics.

The goal of this course is to provide the underlying principles of this field. It will enable you to understand some of its open questions and current literature. The course will put an emphasis on connecting the theoretical concepts with state-of-the-art experiments.

OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

Thermodynamics at the macroscopic scale
Principles of stochastic thermodynamics
Fluctuation theorems
Experiments on classical stochastic engines
From stochastic to quantum thermodynamics
Quantum entropy production and measurement of work
Quantum heat engines
Work extraction and engines with batteries
Thermodynamics of computation

METHODS
The course follows largely the structure of the provided textbook (see Reading list) with significant additions from online lectures and scientific articles that are provided in the course, that will enable you to prepare and revisit the lectures.
The major part of the content of the course will be presented by the lecturers in a classic lecture style (blackboard/slides) with ample time for questions reserved.
Home exercises will enable you to test your understanding and actively work with the new concepts. Literature assignments relate the learned concepts to the current literature and our joint discussions are also meant to train your skills in efficiently processing their content.
Due to the university regulations for the CoVID pandemic, the course modality (in person or online) is subject to the availability of seats in the lecture hall. The final modality will be confirmed at the end of the registration period.

Assessment and permitted materials

Equal weighing between all grades (at least 2) acquired throughout the course.
This may be

1) Exercise attempts handed in (optional)
2) oral exam at the end (compulsory)
3) presentation(s) of exercises or article summaries (optional)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

There are two requirements to pass the course
1) With positive evaluation:
One presentation of an exercise solution
OR presentation of a brief scientific article summary
OR handing in >50% of the exercises (reasonable attempt)
2) Pass the oral exam at the end of the course

Optional grading for handing in exercises:
(1) 89% - 100%
(2) 76% - 88%
(3) 63% - 75%
(4) 50% - 62%

Examination topics

See table of contents.

Reading list

Deffner, Campbell, "Quantum Thermodynamics: An introduction to the thermodynamics of quantum information" - from: https://iopscience.iop.org/book/978-1-64327-658-8
or: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.01596

Papers and additional online material will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory

M-VAF A 2, M-VAF B, UF MA PHYS 01a, UF MA PHYS 01b

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