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Title: Non-equilibrium thermodynamics and dynamics of quantum systems
Author: Dorner, Ross
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is a study of non-equilibrium phenomena in quantum systems. Emphasis is given to the recently derived non-equilibrium fluctuation theorems, which relate the non-equilibrium response of a system to its equilibrium thermodynamic properties. We investigate the validity and importance of these theorems, from both a theoretical and experimental perspective, in systems ranging from a single atom to an ensemble of interacting particles. We also investigate the potential role of quantum dynamics in biological processes.
Supervisor: Vedral, Vlatko; Lee, Derek; Kim, Myungshik Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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