Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Quantum Thermodynamics
The theory of thermodynamics, commonly associated with the steam engines of the 19th century, is a universal set of laws that governs everything from black holes to the evolution of life. Albert Einstein was convinced it was the only theory likely to “never be overthrown.” But at small scales and very cold temperatures, quantum laws apply, and so concepts like temperature and work loose their usual meaning. In the same way that thermodynamics helped to improve classical steam engines, the emergence of quantum machines is forcing us to re-imagine this theory in the quantum realm. Rapid breakthroughs in the fabrication and measurement of devices at the nanoscale are now presenting us with the opportunity to explore this new physics in the laboratory.
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