Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41534-020-0264-6
Title: Single-atom energy-conversion device with a quantum load
Authors: Van Horne, N 
Yum, D 
Dutta, T 
HANGGI,PETER 
Gong, J 
Poletti, D 
Mukherjee, M 
Keywords: Quant-ph
Cond-mat.mes-hall
Physics.atom-ph
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2020
Publisher: Springer Nature
Citation: Van Horne, N, Yum, D, Dutta, T, HANGGI,PETER, Gong, J, Poletti, D, Mukherjee, M (2020-12-01). Single-atom energy-conversion device with a quantum load. npj Quantum Information 6 (1). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41534-020-0264-6
Abstract: © 2020, The Author(s). We report on a single-atom energy-conversion quantum device operating as an engine, or a refrigerator, coupled to a quantum load. The ‘working fluid’ consists of the two optical levels of an ion, while the load is one of its vibrational modes, cooled down to the quantum regime. We explore two important differences with classical engines: (1) the presence of a strong generic coupling interaction between engine and load, which can induce correlations between them and (2) the use of nonthermal baths. We examine the ergotropy of the load, which indicates the maximum amount of energy of the load extractable using solely unitary operations. We show that ergotropy rises with the number of engine cycles despite an increase in the information entropy of the load. The increase of ergotropy of the load points to the possibility of using the phonon distribution of a single atom as a form of quantum battery.
Source Title: npj Quantum Information
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/168823
ISSN: 20566387
DOI: 10.1038/s41534-020-0264-6
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