Landauer's Principle in Multipartite Open Quantum System Dynamics

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We investigate the link between information and thermodynamics embodied by Landauer's principle in the open dynamics of a multipartite quantum system. Such irreversible dynamics is described in terms of a collisional model with a finite temperature reservoir. We demonstrate that Landauer's principle holds, for such a configuration, in a form that involves the flow of heat dissipated into the environment and the rate of change of the entropy of the system. Quite remarkably, such a principle for heat and entropy power can be explicitly linked to the rate of creation of correlations among the elements of the multipartite system and, in turn, the non-Markovian nature of their reduced evolution. Such features are illustrated in two exemplary cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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