From the GKLS equation to the theory of solar and fuel cells

Robert Alicki

Abstract

The mathematically sound theory of quantum open systems, formulated in the ’70s and highlighted by the discovery of Gorini-Kossakowski-Lindblad-Sudarshan (GKLS) equation, found a wide range of applications in various branches of physics and chemistry, notably in the field of quantum information and quantum thermodynamics. However, it took 40 years before this formalism has been applied to explain correctly the operation principles of long existing energy transducers like photovoltaic, thermoelectric and fuel cells. This long path is briefly reviewed from the author’s perspective. Finally, the new, fully quantum model of chemical engine based on GKLS equation and applicable to fuel cells or replicators is outlined. The model illustrates the difficulty with an entirely quantum operational definition of work, comparable to the problem of quantum measurement.
Author Robert Alicki IFTiA
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- Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
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Journal seriesOpen Systems & Information Dynamics, ISSN 1230-1612
Issue year2017
Vol24
No3
Pages1-16
Publication size in sheets0.75
Keywords in Englishquantum master equations, quantum thermodynamics, quantum engines, photovoltaic cell
DOIDOI:10.1142/S1230161217400078
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.562 (2) - 2016=0.913 (5)
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