# Quantum thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is undoubtedly one of the most successful physical theories, accurately describing a plethora of situations and phenomena. Until not too long ago, the study of thermodynamic state transformations was mostly confined to the realm of classical physics, which constitutes a most meaningful approach when considering macroscopic situations. Progress on the precisely controlled manipulation of systems at the nano-scale or at the level of single atoms, however, has pushed the frontier of the applicability of thermodynamic notions to the realm of quantum physics. Indeed, the emergent research field of quantum thermodynamics is concerned with thermodynamics in the quantum regime, a regime in which coherence, strong interactions, and entanglement are expected to play a significant role.

**Selected group publications**

- Statistical ensembles without typicality

Nature Communications 9, 1022 (2018) - Von Neumann entropy from unitarity

Physical Review Letters 122, 210402 (2019) - Decay and recurrence of non-Gaussian correlations in a quantum many-body system

Nature Physics 17, 559 (2021) - Bounding the resources for thermalizing many-body localized systems

Communications Physics 4, 3 (2021) - By-passing fluctuation theorems

Quantum 4, 231 (2020) - Strong coupling corrections in quantum thermodynamics

Physical Review Letters 120, 120602 (2018) - Thermodynamic implementations of quantum processes

arXiv:1911.05563 - Catalytic quantum randomness

Physical Review X 8, 041016 (2018) - Fundamental corrections to work and power in the strong coupling regime

Physical Review Letters 120, 120602 (2018) - Second laws under control restrictions

Physical Review E 93, 042126 (2016) - Limits to catalysis in quantum thermodynamics

New Journal of Physics 17, 085004 (2015) - Defining work from operational principles

New Journal of Physics 18, 103017 (2016) - Thermal machines beyond the weak coupling regime

New Journal of Physics 16, 125009 (2014)

**Group reviews**

- Equilibration, thermalisation, and the emergence of statistical mechanics in closed quantum systems

Reports of Progress in Physics 79, 056001 (2016) - Quantum many-body systems out of equilibrium

Nature Physics 11, 124 (2015)