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Quantum heat engines: A thermodynamic analysis of power and efficiency

Harbola, Upendra and Rahav, Saar and Mukamel, Shaul (2012) Quantum heat engines: A thermodynamic analysis of power and efficiency. In: EPL, 99 (5).

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We show that the operation and the output power of a quantum heat engine that converts incoherent thermal energy into coherent cavity photons can be optimized by manipulating quantum coherences. The gain or loss in the efficiency at maximum power depends on the details of the output power optimization. Quantum effects tend to enhance the output power and the efficiency as the photon occupation in the cavity is decreased.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: EPL
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the EPL Association
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 05:13
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2013 05:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45283

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