We investigate heat engines whose working substance is made of two coupled qubits performing a generalized Otto cycle by varying their applied magnetic field or their interaction strength during the compression and expansion strokes. During the heating and cooling strokes, the two qubits are coupled to local and common environments that are not necessarily at equilibrium. We find instances of quantum engines coupled to nonequilibrium common environments exhibiting nontrivial connections to quantum correlations as witnessed by a monotonic dependence of the work produced on quantum discord and entanglement.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics