This proseminar is supervised by Renato Renner and covers topics related to present research questions within the area of Thermodynamics. This includes axiomatic approaches and related mathematical subjects, results from the very recently emerging theory of Quantum Thermodynamics and Black Hole Thermodynamics. Possible topics for student presentations are listed below. Each presentation is based on on or two research publications.
For general questions, please contact Volkher Scholz.
The student prepares a presentation of around, but not more than, one hour duration, on a specific topic assigned in advance. A tutor from the Institute of Theoretical Physics will provide literature and give a feedback on the student's progress. Students keep the tutor informed about their work in weekly meetings, starting (at least) 6 weeks before the date of the final presentation.
The Proseminar takes place on monday, starting at 10am sharp, for precise dates see the list below. Upon further notice, the room is HIT F31.2. See also the PDF file with further information on the topics and literature references.
||Axiomatic approach to the concept of entropy||A. Malär|
||The principle of increasing mixing character and some of its consequences||T. Engel|
||Nonequilibrium Equality for Free Energy Differences||B. Mühlmann|
||Landauer's principle||F. Landolt|
||(Im-)Proving Landauer's Principle||C. Glomb|
||Thermodynamics of Quantum Information Systems --- Hamiltonian Description||S. Mahanta|
||Entanglement and the foundations of statistical mechanics||M. Zhu|
||Single-shot work extraction||M. Strodtkötter|
||Black Hole Thermodynamics||M. Oreshenko|
||Thermodynamics of Spacetime: The Einstein Equation of State||K. Gerhard|