Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that uses macroscopic variables, such as temperature, internal energy, and pressure, to describe general properties of systems, without paying attention to peculiar properties of particular materials. Thermodynamics does not care about the microscopic behaviors of the huge number of components of a macroscopic system, it only cares about the bulk properties… So, you’re a probably scratching your head now and thinking “how come the words quantum and thermodynamics feature together in the title of an workshop? Isn’t quantum all about micro and not macro??”
Fair point! But recently we’ve been witnessing a surge in articles trying to understand the emergence of thermodynamics from quantum information principles. This field has been coined Quantum Thermodynamics, and it’s booming. Questions people in this area want to answer include: How the macroscopic laws of thermodynamics emerge from the reversible quantum (and classical) dynamics? How to understand the thermalization of a closed quantum systems? What are the relations between information, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics?
In order to address these questions and to hear about the latest developments in the subject, my good friends Lucas (qoi@UFG), Diogo (USP-SC), Roberto (qig@CBPF), Marcelo (infoptics@UFF), Paulão (Q. Optics Lab@UFRJ), and Fred (USP-SC) are organizing a Workshop on Quantum Information and Thermodynamics. The line-up of speakers is impressive. It is a must-go event. Everybody will be there! See more details in the event’s official website http://wqit-quantum.if.ufg.br/, and see you there!!