Information-thermodynamics link revisited

Robert Alicki , Michał Horodecki


The so-called information-thermodynamics link created by a thought experiment of Szilard became a core of modern orthodoxy in the field of quantum information and resources theory in quantum thermodynamics. We recall existing objections against standard interpretation of Szilard engine operation and illustrate them by two quantum models: a particle in a box with time-dependent thin potential barrier and the spin-boson model. The consequences of the emerging superselection rules for thermodynamics and foundations of quantum mechanics are discussed. The role of non-ergodic systems as information carriers and the thermodynamic cost of stability and accuracy of information processing is briefly discussed and compared to the generally accepted Landauer’s principle.
Author Robert Alicki (FMPI / ITPA)
Robert Alicki,,
- Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
, Michał Horodecki (FMPI / ITPA)
Michał Horodecki,,
- Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Journal seriesJournal of Physics A-Mathematical and Theoretical, ISSN 1751-8113, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.85
Article number204001
Keywords in EnglishMaxwell demon, Szilard engine, Landauer’s principle, entropy, information
ASJC Classification3100 General Physics and Astronomy; 2610 Mathematical Physics; 2611 Modelling and Simulation; 2613 Statistics and Probability; 3109 Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 06-08-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.924; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.963 (2) - 2017=1.766 (5)
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