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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 14446
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Correlations in quantum thermodynamics: Heat, work, and entropy production
1.  Sahar Alipour
2.  F. Benatti
3.  F. Bakhshinezhad
4.  M. Afsary
5.  S. Marcantoni
6.  Ali Rezakhani
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Scientific Reports
  Vol.:  6
  Year:  2016
  Pages:   35568(1-14)
  Publisher(s):   Scientific Reports
  Supported by:  IPM
We provide a characterization of energy in the form of exchanged heat and work between two interacting constituents of a closed, bipartite, correlated quantum system. By defining a binding energy we derive a consistent quantum formulation of the first law of thermodynamics, in which the role of correlations becomes evident, and this formulation reduces to the standard classical picture in relevant systems. We next discuss the emergence of the second law of thermodynamics under certain-but fairly general-conditions such as the Markovian assumption. We illustrate the role of correlations and interactions in thermodynamics through two examples.

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