Physical Implementations of Quantum Absorption Refrigerators

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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.


External organisations
  • University of Geneva
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Physics Topics
  • Energy Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThermodynamics in the Quantum Regime
Subtitle of host publicationFundamental Aspects and New Directions
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 2
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameThermodynamics in the Quantum Regime
ISSN (Print)0168-1222
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6425