10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
America/Halifax timezone
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Thermalization by Rapid Bombardment (G)*

11 Jun 2018, 11:30
McCain 2017 (cap.36) (Dalhousie University)

McCain 2017 (cap.36)

Dalhousie University

Oral Competition (Graduate Student) / Compétition orale (Étudiant(e) du 2e ou 3e cycle) Theoretical Physics / Physique théorique (DTP-DPT) M1-4 Quantum Theory (DTP) | Théorie quantique (DPT)


Daniel Grimmer (University of Waterloo)


Imagine a quantum system placed within a thermal gas, which is itself composed of many quantum systems e.g. atoms/molecules. As the constituents of the environment scatter off of the system, it is natural to expect that the system will reach a thermal equilibrium with its environment. Moreover one may expect that the ultimate thermalization of the system is largely independent of the coupling between the system and its environment, $H_{SE}$, and of the time scale of the scattering.

We show that if the scattering time scale is sufficiently small, then the final temperature of the system is generically not the temperature of its environment, $\beta_S(\infty)\neq\beta_E$. Instead we find equilibrium of the form $E_S \beta_S(\infty)=f(H_{SE},E_E\beta_E)$ where $E_S$ and $E_E$ are the energy scales of the free system and environment respectively.

Primary author

Daniel Grimmer (University of Waterloo)


Eduardo Martin-Martinez (Institute for Quantum Computing (University of Waterloo) and Perimeter Instittute for Theoretical Physics) Dr Robert Mann (University of Waterloo)

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