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260093 VU Resource theories and thermodynamics (2020S)

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

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 15 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE: please see the website http://mpmueller.net/resource.html

Wednesday 11.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 18.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 25.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 01.04. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 22.04. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 29.04. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 06.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 13.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 20.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 27.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 03.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 10.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 17.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 24.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum A, Währinger Straße 17, 2. Stk., 1090 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

UPDATE DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS: please see this lecture's website, http://mpmueller.net/resource.html

In physics we are often constrained in the types of operations we can apply to a system, either for practical or fundamental reasons. For instance, local operations in two separate quantum laboratories cannot be used to create quantum entanglement. Entanglement is consequently a resource under this locality constraint and we know that it can enable certain tasks, such as teleportation, that would not be possible without it.
Similar operational treatments have been applied to other physical processes in recent years. Resource theories now provide a modern framework for the description for various phenomena such as entanglement, purity, athermality, coherence with respect to a given basis, and non-classicality in quantum optics, among others.
This lecture introduces (quantum) resource theories as a framework, with particular focus on the resource theory of athermality. We will examine the basic link between information and physics in Landauer's erasure principle, Maxwell's demon, and Szilard's engine. The lecture covers the description of resource theories in detail, starting from basic concepts of quantum information theory (such as von Neumann entropy) to more advanced aspects (such as catalysis, thermo-majorisation, and Renyi-divergences as generalised free energy differences). A particular focus lies on those aspects that are specific to 'thermal operations' -- the resource theory of athermality.
Students will gain an up-to-date understanding of this thriving field and will be equipped to follow current research publications by the end of the lecture.

Assessment and permitted materials

After each lecture, we will hand out an exercise sheet with several exercises that the students should solve until the week after.
In the course of the semester, every student should present at least two times an exercise orally on the blackboard, and should at least four times hand in a solved exercise sheet that attains at least 60% of the total points each.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Sufficiently regular attendance, and in addition performance as described under “Art der Leistungskontrolle”.

Examination topics

Contents of the lecture (see “Ziele und Inhalte” as well as “Literatur”).

Reading list

M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang, Quantum Information and Quantum Computation (vor allem “Entanglement as a physical resource”), Cambridge University Press, 2010.
M. Lostaglio, An introductory review of the resource theory approach to thermodynamics, https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.11549

Association in the course directory

M-VAF A 2, M-VAF B, MaInt

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