School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences
Quantum thermodynamics applied to light-matter interactions
In my research I employ novel definitions for energy fluxes to study light-matter interactions in the fully quantum regime, and analyze them in the framework of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. I show how simple quantum optical systems can function as highly efficient heat engines or in reverse, as quantum refrigerators. The fact that also the electromagnetic field is quantized unveils features that are obscured in a semiclassical treatment, of which field coherence and matter-field entanglement, are the most noteworthy.