Conference: Thermodynamics in the quantum regime


Fueled by unprecedented experimental control on the meso- and nano-scale, it has become a timely issue to resolve long-standing problems related to the apparent contradiction between quantum theory and thermodynamics. Indeed, in recent years, ground breaking progress has been made in understanding the precise microscopic mechanisms underlying thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The COST network aims at bringing together researchers with diverse backgrounds to bridge the gap between theory and experiment and forms an umbrella of a concerted effort to tackle both practical and fundamental problems arising in this context. The conference will focus on the following topics:

- Non-equilibrium dynamics of strongly correlated quantum systems

- Equilibration and thermalization in closed quantum systems

- Properties of thermal states

- Thermal machines and their efficiencies

- Microscopic definition of work

- Realizations in electronic systems, ultra-cold atoms, trapped ions, and other quantum optical systems

Important dates and facts

- Conference dates: 20–24 January 2014

- Deadline for talk submission: 30 November 2013

- Notification of talk acceptance: 10 December 2013

- Deadline for registration: 15 December 2013

- Conference fee: 240£

Programme committee

Tony Short (chair)

Janet Anders

Mari Carmen Banuls

Lidia del Rio

Alberto Imparato

Eric Lutz

James Millen


The conference will take place in the avendi Hotel at lake Griebnitzsee, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 190, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg in the greater Berlin area.

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