Optical simulation of a quantum thermal machine

12 Aug 2019 Passos M. H. M. Santos Alan C. Sarandy Marcelo S. Huguenin J. A. O.

We introduce both a theoretical and an experimental scheme for simulating a quantum thermal engine through an all-optical approach, with the behavior of the working substance and the thermal reservoirs implemented via internal degrees of freedom of a single photon. By using the polarization and propagation path, we encode two quantum bits and then implement the thermodynamical steps of an Otto cycle... (read more)

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