Title:Quantum Journal Club: Quantum Szilard Engine
Speaker: Hongyi Zhou Tsinghua University
Time: 2015-05-22 15:00-2015-05-22 16:00
Venue:MMW S327


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.

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