Implications of non-Markovian quantum dynamics for the Landauer bound

Marco Pezzutto, Mauro Paternostro, Yasser Omar

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We study the dynamics of a spin-1/2 particle interacting with a multi-spin environment, modelling the corresponding open system dynamics through a collision-based model. The environmental particles are prepared in individual thermal states, and we investigate the effects of a distribution of temperatures across the spin environment on the evolution of the system, particularly how thermalisation in the long-time limit is affected. We study the phenomenology of the heat exchange between system and environment and consider the information-to-energy conversion process, induced by the system-environment interaction and embodied by the Landauer principle. Furthermore, by considering an interacting-particles environment, we tune the dynamics of the system from an explicit Markovian evolution up to a strongly non-Markovian one, investigating the connections between non-Markovianity, the establishment of system-environment correlations, and the breakdown of the validity of Landauer principle.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Early online date15 Dec 2016
Publication statusEarly online date - 15 Dec 2016


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