Scalar and fermionic Unruh Otto engines

Gray, Finnian  (0000 0000 8658 0851, Perimeter Institute, 31 Caroline St. N., Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 2Y5, Canada) (0000 0000 8644 1405, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada) ; Mann, Robert (0000 0000 8658 0851, Perimeter Institute, 31 Caroline St. N., Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 2Y5, Canada) (0000 0000 8644 1405, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada)

29 November 2018

Abstract: We investigate the behaviour of quantum heat engines, in which a qubit is put through the quantum equivalent of the Otto cycle and the heat reservoirs are due to the Unruh effect. The qubit is described by an Unruh-DeWitt detector model coupled quadratically to a scalar field and alternately to a fermion field. In the cycle, the qubit undergoes two stages of differing constant acceleration corresponding to thermal contact with a hot and cold reservoir. Explicit conditions are derived on the accelerations required for this cycle to have positive work output. By analytically calculating the detector response functions, we show that the dimensionality of the quadratic and fermionic coupling constants introduces qualitatively different behaviour of the work output from this cycle as compared to the case in which the qubit linearly couples to a scalar field.


Published in: JHEP 1811 (2018) 174
Published by: Springer/SISSA
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP11(2018)174
arXiv: 1808.01068
License: CC-BY-4.0



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