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Physical Implementations of Quantum Absorption Refrigerators

  • Mark T. Mitchison
  • Patrick P. Potts
Publishing year: 2019-04-02
Language: English
Pages: 149-174
Publication/Series: Thermodynamics in the Quantum Regime
Volume: 195
Document type: Book chapter

Abstract english

Absorption refrigerators are autonomous thermal machines that harness the spontaneous flow of heat from a hot bath into the environment in order to perform cooling. Here we discuss quantum realizations of absorption refrigerators in two different settings: namely, cavity and circuit quantum electrodynamics. We first provide a unified description of these machines in terms of the concept of virtual temperature. Next, we describe the two different physical setups in detail and compare their properties and performance. We conclude with an outlook on future work and open questions in this field of research.


  • Other Physics Topics
  • Energy Engineering


  • ISSN: 2365-6425
  • ISSN: 0168-1222
Portrait of Patrick Potts
E-mail: patrick [dot] potts [at] teorfys [dot] lu [dot] se

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Mathematical Physics


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