Emergent thermodynamics in a quenched quantum many-body system

R. Dorner, J. Goold, C. Cormick, M. Paternostro, V. Vedral

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We study the statistics of the work done, the fluctuation relations and the irreversible entropy production in a quantum many-body system subject to the sudden quench of a control parameter. By treating the quench as a thermodynamic transformation we show that the emergence of irreversibility in the nonequilibrium dynamics of closed many-body quantum systems can be accurately characterized. We demonstrate our ideas by considering a transverse quantum Ising model that is taken out of equilibrium by the instantaneous switching of the transverse field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number160601
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2012

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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