Seminar on 22 November 2018

Katedra Fizyki Teoretycznej, Politechnika Wrocławska, Poland
Towards the study of nonequilibrium heat capacity in the quantum regime
working version
at 13:00 in Seminar room F052

We are studying a system composed of two metallic leads interacting with a single level quantum dot and we assume that the tunnel couplings between the leads and the dot are time dependent. The thermomechanical field method and an appropriate choice of this time-dependence allows for the description of transport through the quantum dot in the situation, when it is the temperature of the leads which is time-dependent [1]. The calculation of the heat current, in turn, allows us to find the heat capacity in the nonequilibrium case, when electrons tunnel from one lead to the other. We compare the results in the limit of vanishing line-widths with the classical nonequilibrium heat capacity [2], to verify the applicability of the method used. The goal of this study is to establish, if the negative values of the heat capacity, which were theoretically predicted in classical, nonequilibrium transport scenarios at very low temperatures [2] are confirmed by results obtained in analogous scenarios in the quantum regime.

[1] Masahiro Hasegawa and Takeo Kato, “Temperature-driven and electrochemical-potential-driven adiabatic pumping via a quantum dot,” Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 86, 024710 (2017).
[2] Jiří Pešek, Eliran Boksenbojm, Karel Netočný, “Model study on steady heat capacity in driven stochastic systems”, Central European Journal of Physics 10(3), 692-701 (2012).