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Quantum Thermodynamics of Mesoscopic Systems


This is a multidisciplinary project aiming at bringing together thermodynamics and the physics of quantum mesoscopic systems. Its founding idea is to exploit quantum mesoscopic devices to address fundamental questions of thermodynamics. The unambiguous quantum mechanical
definitions of genuinely thermodynamical quantities (such as heat and work) and their use for the construction of thermal engines and heat-transport mechanisms are key points of the project.

The analysis of thermodynamical transformations and thermalization processes will be carried out from an information-theoretical perspective, aiming at connecting thermodynamical quantities and concepts of quantum information theory.

QTherM will embody a systematic investigation of quantum heat transport in spatially extended quantum many-body systems such as coupled optomechanical cells and atom-loaded optical lattices. A crucial goal of such endeavours will be the thermodynamical characterization of quantum
phase transitions in such artificial, quantum-controllable devices.

QTherM will constitute the theoretical backbone for a new generation of experiments in mesoscopics, aiming at ascertaining the foundations of thermodynamics through the framework of modern quantum theory. I will collaborate with top-notch theoretical and experimental groups operating
in the areas above to design experimental test-beds for the theory that I will develop.

The originality and inter-disciplinarity of the project, the wide spectrum of training objectives that it includes and the highly creative and fertile environment at the proposed host institution will be for me an unprecedented opportunity to reach professional maturity, enrich my scientific background and enhance my career path towards the construction of my own research group.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/thermodynamics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)


University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 200 371,80
Administrative Contact
Pauline Mccann (Ms.)