Quantum thermodynamics of the driven resonant level model

Anton Bruch, Mark Thomas, Silvia Viola Kusminskiy, Felix Von Oppen, Abraham Nitzan

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We present a consistent thermodynamic theory for the resonant level model in the wide-band limit, whose level energy is driven slowly by an external force. The problem of defining "system" and "bath" in the strong-coupling regime is circumvented by considering as the system everything that is influenced by the externally driven level. The thermodynamic functions that are obtained to first order beyond the quasistatic limit fulfill the first and second law with a positive entropy production, successfully connect to the forces experienced by the external driving, and reproduce the correct weak-coupling limit of stochastic thermodynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115318
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
StatePublished - 30 Mar 2016


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