The intent of the workshop is to bring
together a number of leading scientists and junior researchers working on two
closely related areas of quantum statistical mechanics, i.e., on quantum
Brownian systems and on the quantum limits to the second law. By doing this,
our aim is to discuss hot topics and future directions in these fields, as well
as establishing collaborations and connections among seemingly independent
communities.
The subjects we plan to discuss include:
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Quantum limits to the second law;
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Quantum decoherence and quantum measurement;
·
Quantum motors.
The discussion related to the “Quantum Limits
to the Second Law” is a rapidly growing subject. At the same time, issues
related to quantum coherence and the measurement process have a tremendous impact
in new emerging fields, as e.g. in quantum information processing or in
coherence phenomena in low-dimensional systems. The workshop will focus on the
quantum statistical aspects of these phenomena, together with possible
applications.
A special symposium day on “Quantum
Dissipation” is planned for Wednesday 13 of August, in honour of Prof. Ulrich
Weiss.