Initial-State Dependence of Thermodynamic Dissipation for any Quantum Process

16 Oct 2020 Riechers Paul M. Gu Mile

New exact results about the nonequilibrium thermodynamics of open quantum systems at arbitrary timescales are obtained by considering all possible variations of initial conditions of a system, its environment, and correlations between them. For any finite-time process with a fixed initial environment, we show that the contraction of the system's distinction---relative to the minimally dissipative state---exactly quantifies its thermodynamic dissipation... (read more)

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  • STATISTICAL MECHANICS
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