29 Sep-1 Oct 2014 Grenoble (France)
Wednesday 1
Session 5
Massimiliano Esposito
› 14:45 - 15:15 (30min)
› Meeting room D420
Information thermodynamics in a hybrid opto-mechanical system
Cyril Elouard  1@  , Maxime Richard  1@  , Alexia Auffeves  1, *@  
1 : Institut Néel  (NEEL)  -  Website
CNRS : UPR2940, Université Grenoble Alpes
25 rue des Martyrs - BP 166 38042 GRENOBLE CEDEX 9 -  France
* : Corresponding author

Information thermodynamics is a recent field that investigates the links between information and
energy. Its most famous "Gedankenexperiments" are Landauer erasure and Szilard engine, that
describe the reversible conversion of a single bit of information into an elementary amount of work
between a system and a battery. So far, direct evidences of such reversible work exchanges by
measuring the battery's energy has remained elusive. We show that a hybrid optomechanical
transducer is a proper platform to monitor these conversions. Such devices consist in
an optically active quantum emitter, playing the role of the bit, coupled to a mechanical resonator,
playing the role of the battery. Heat is exchanged with the electromagnetic reservoir. Within a
mechanical oscillation, we relate the entropy variations of the quantum emitter to the mechanical
energy variations, that are identied with work exchanges. These results pave the road towards
experimental investigation of thermodynamics of quantum information.

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