Author Archives: Maurice Macartney

Physicists build world’s smallest engine

For most people the word ‘engine’ conjures up images of what lies under the bonnet of a car, or of a steam locomotive pulling a train. But a team of physicists, including TherMiQ researcher Prof Eric Lutz, have just built an engine from a single atom – some 10,000 times smaller than the previous record […]

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Three-way battles in the quantum world

Bring water slowly to the boil and an exciting battle of energies takes place. The interaction energy tries to hold the water molecules together through mutual attraction; but the motional energy, increasing as the heat turns up, tries to scatter the molecules. The water boils at the point where the motional energy wins the contest, overcoming […]

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Belfast team launches introductory video

The Belfast team have made a short video aimed at introducing some of the work of TherMiQ to a wider audience. Lord Kelvin, one of the pioneers of thermodynamics, was born in Belfast in 1824. His work was important for optimising the performance of steam engines – the most advanced technology available at the time. […]

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Report on Deliverable 4.1 submitted

The Report on Deliverable 4.1 – the first of the Project’s ‘Deliverable’ reports to focus on the science – has been submitted to the Project Officer in Brussels. Deliverable 4.1 covers: ‘Theoretical quantum state steering through non-equilibrium reservoirs and repeated collisions: single-body problem. Design of experimental tests in quantum optomechanics’. The document was prepared by […]

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Queen’s team ‘delighted’ with success of quantum thermodynamics workshop

The Third Working Group meeting of the COST Action ‘Thermodynamics at the quantum scale’ took place in Belfast, 18-20 August, 2014. The event was attended by almost 60 international participants including many early stage researchers. The Queen’s team, who organised the meeting with main support from the COST Action MP1209 and from TherMiQ, were said […]

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COST Action MP1209 Conference

The website for the Third Working Group Meeting of COST Action MP1209 is now up and running.  The meeting will be hosted by the Quantum Technology group at Queen’s University Belfast, and will cover the themes addressed by the three working groups of the Action: WG1: Equilibration, thermalisation & emergence of canonical states WG2: Thermodynamic […]

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