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An introduction to Jarzynski equality

Speaker: Haitao Quan(全海涛) Peking University
Time: 2013-01-14 15:00-2013-01-14 16:00
Venue: CQI Meeting room 101


In this talk, I will introduce a non-equilibrium work theorem in statistical mechanics—known as Jarzynski equality. Jarzynski equality is widely regarded as one of the most important developments in statistical mechanics in the last two decades. I will summarize both the theoretical and experimental efforts of this field in the order of the historical developments. Both quantum and classical versions of this theorem will be included. Finally, a possible experimental proposal for verifying the quantum Jarzynski equality in a trapped ion system will be discussed.

Short Bio:

Haitao Quan obtained his bachelor’s degree and his PhD from Central South University and Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2010 he was a postdoctoral fellow in Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2010 to 2012 he was a research associate at the University of Maryland, college park. He joined school of physics, Peking University as a junior faculty in Dec. 2012. His main research interests lie in statistical mechanics and quantum physics. He has published more than 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals with a total citation of more than 700 times.