Thermodynamics of bipartite systems: Application to light-matter interactions

  title={Thermodynamics of bipartite systems: Application to light-matter interactions},
  author={E. Tannor},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  • E. Tannor
  • Published 2006
  • Physics, Mathematics
  • Physical Review A
Heat and work for quantum systems governed by dissipative master equations with a time-dependent driving field were introduced in the pioneering work of Alicki [J. Phys. A 12, L103 (1979)]. Alicki's work was in the Schroedinger picture; here we extend these definitions to the Heisenberg and interaction pictures. We show that, in order to avoid consistency problems, the full time derivatives in the definitions for heat flux and power (work flux) should be replaced by partial time derivatives. We… Expand
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