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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Perspectives on TherMiQ

TherMiQ’s work on thermodynamic trajectories and fluctuation theorems in harmonic networks (NJP 18 013009) has been highlighted by a perspective article written by Dr. Sebastian Deffner in New Journal of Physics. Perspective articles are commissioned commentaries authored by some of the leading researchers in physics, aimed at highlighting the significance, impact and wider implications of research appearing in […]

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TherMiQ researchers set straight the arrow of time

Eric Lutz (FAU) and Mauro Paternostro (QUB), in collaboration with some long-term friends in Brazil, have demonstrated the thermodynamic irreversibility of quantum processes. The work is the first experimental confirmation that, even in quantum systems, time appears to have a preferred direction. The paper “Irreversibility and the Arrow of Time in a Quenched Quantum System”  is published in […]

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TherMiQ in the Media

TherMiQ’s research is reaching ever greater audiences! To start, an all TherMiQ effort between QUB and CNR-Pisa recently appeared in the prestigious Physical Review Letters: Shortcut to Adiabaticity in the LMG model. The work, which proposes a novel, and robust approach to controlling many-body systems, gained great coverage in the popular science website phys.org. It was also featured on gaianews.it (for […]

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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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Deliverable Reports Submitted

The Reports on Deliverables 1.1, 2.1, and 3.1 of TherMiQ, which focus on single-shot formulations of fluctuation theorem, equilibration in open mesoscopic systems, and thermometry of strongly correlated atomic systems have been submitted to the Project Officer, Dr. Pascal Drabik. The documents, finalised by the coordinator Prof. Paternostro in collaboration with partners UOXF, UAB, QUB, […]

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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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On a mission

Congratulations to two TherMiQ researchers Gabriele De Chiara and Steve Campbell, both at QUB, for being awarded funding to complete ‘Short term scientific missions’ funded through the COST Action MP1209 “Thermodynamics in the quantum regime”. Gabriele will go to Argentina in July to work in Universidad de Buenos Aires with Prof. Juan Pablo Paz . While […]

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