Title：Quantum Journal Club: Quantum Szilard Engine
Speaker： Hongyi Zhou Tsinghua University
Time： 2015-05-22 15:00-2015-05-22 16:00
The Szilard engine (SZE) is the quintessence of Maxwell’s demon, which can extract the work from a heat bath by utilizing information. We present the first complete quantum analysis of the SZE, and derive an analytic expression of the quantum-mechanical work performed by a quantum SZE containing an arbitrary number of molecules, where it is crucial to regard the process of insertion or removal of a wall as a legitimate thermodynamic process. We find that more (less) work can be extracted from the bosonic (fermionic) SZE due to the indistinguishability of identical particles.