Special Issue "Thermodynamics of Quantum Information"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Quantum Information".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sebastian Deffner
Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA
Interests: quantum thermodynamics; theoretical physics; statistical physics; quantum control; quantum speed limit; shortcuts to adiabaticity; quantum information theory; foundations of physics
Dr. Frederico Brito

Guest Editor
Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, C.P. 369, São Carlos, SP, 13560‐970 Brazil
Interests: open quantum systems; quantum thermodynamics; quantum computation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a commonly accepted creed that the development of practically useful quantum computers might revolutionize how we store, communicate, and process information. The so-called “quantum supremacy” of these new information technologies originates in the observation that quantum computers can perform certain tasks exponentially faster than any classical hardware. More specifically, in each moment, a quantum computer has access to exponentially more logical states, and thus, a quantum computer has the potential to process exponentially more information per logical operation. However, we have known since the 1960s that information is physical and that its processing consumes thermodynamic resources. Hence, we need to consider whether quantum computers will also necessitate exponentially more energy to operate than any classical computer to sustain any possible quantum advantage.

To elucidate this fundamental question, the development of a comprehensive framework of the Thermodynamics of Quantum Information appears urgent and instrumental. This is a further example of the universality of thermodynamic concepts and real-world ramifications of the steadfast framework of the theory. This Special Issue will reflect the current, rich scenario of methods, concepts, and applications of quantum thermodynamics applied to quantum computing.

Dr. Sebastian Deffner
Dr. Frederico Brito
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Quantum thermodynamics
  • Quantum information
  • Quantum computing
  • Quantum error correction
  • Quantum heat engines
  • Quantum Maxwell demons

Published Papers

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