Dataset for "Quantum thermodynamics of boundary time-crystals"



Dataset for the paper "Quantum thermodynamics of boundary time-crystals."

Plotter files (M format) provided in Matlab, but can be opened in GNU Octave, which is open source. Note .dat files can be opened with Notepad and h5 files can be read in Python, which is also an open format.

Abstract for published paper:
Time-translation symmetry breaking is a mechanism for the emergence of non-stationary many-body phases, so-called time-crystals, in Markovian open quantum systems. Dynamical aspects of time-crystals have been extensively explored over the recent years. However, much less is known about their thermodynamic properties, also due to the intrinsic nonequilibrium nature of these phases. Here, we consider the paradigmatic boundary time-crystal system, in a finite-temperature environment, and demonstrate the persistence of the time-crystalline phase at any temperature. Furthermore, we analyze thermodynamic aspects of the model investigating, in particular, heat currents, power exchange and irreversible entropy production. Our work sheds light on the thermodynamic cost of sustaining nonequilibrium time-crystalline phases and provides a framework for characterizing time-crystals as possible resources for, e.g., quantum sensing. Our results may be verified in experiments, for example with trapped ions or superconducting circuits, since we connect thermodynamic quantities with mean value and covariance of collective (magnetization) operators.
Date made available20 Jun 2023
PublisherQueen's University Belfast
Date of data production20 Jun 2023

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