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Quantum steampunk: Quantum information, thermodynamics, their intersection, and applications thereof across physics

Yunger Halpern, Nicole (2018) Quantum steampunk: Quantum information, thermodynamics, their intersection, and applications thereof across physics. PhD thesis, California Institute of Technology. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20190814-082542117

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Abstract

Combining quantum information theory with thermodynamics unites 21st-century technology with 19th-century principles. The union elucidates the spread of information, the flow of time, and the leveraging of energy. This thesis contributes to the theory of quantum thermodynamics, particularly to quantum-information-theoretic thermodynamics. The thesis also contains applications of the theory, wielded as a toolkit, across physics. Fields touched on include atomic, molecular, and optical physics; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; condensed matter; high-energy physics; and chemistry. I propose the name "quantum steampunk" for this program. The term derives from the steampunk genre of literature, art, and cinema that juxtaposes futuristic technologies with 19th-century settings.


Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
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Yunger Halpern, Nicole0000-0001-8670-6212
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