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Naturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium - Robert Alicki: Quantum Heat Engines

When Jul 29, 2014
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97398
Attendees Universitätsoffen / Open to university members
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Quantum Heat Engines

A standard model of a macroscopic heat engine (e.g. a steam engine) consists of a working fluid, two heat baths at different temperatures, and a piston which extracts useful work from the device. Those parts of the system are usually connected by  valves and a flywheel. My talk is devoted to the question whether those elements are also present in the case of microscopic engines operating according to principles of quantum mechanics. The natural applications concern various types of solar cells and mechanisms of photosynthesis.