Breakthroughs in Quantum Thermodynamics: A Collaborative Endeavor Between Finland and India

In the realm of quantum technology, a critical challenge is managing the inevitable heat generated by quantum computers as their capabilities expand. However, this challenge has also initiated quantum thermodynamics as a new avenue of exploration.
Breakthroughs in Quantum Thermodynamics: A Collaborative Endeavor Between Finland and India
Aalto University Quantum Exhibition, Dipoli 2019. Source: Mikko Raskinen

Quantum computers, leveraging the principles of quantum mechanics, have shown remarkable potential for surpassing classical computing limitations. Yet, as the number of qubits increases, so does the issue of heat degeneracy, threatening to slow down performance. In response, researchers are delving into the realm of quantum thermodynamics, seeking to understand and harness the thermodynamic properties of quantum systems.

A collaborative project led by Prof. Christian Flindt from Aalto University and Prof. Archak Purkayastha, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad aims to pioneer advancements in quantum thermodynamics. The project brings together expertise from both institutions to tackle fundamental questions in this growing field.

The project sets out to explore the thermodynamic costs of operating quantum systems, aiming to devise efficient schemes that minimize energy consumption and dissipative heat while maximizing useful work output. Drawing inspiration from recent breakthroughs in quantum transport and thermodynamics, the researchers aim to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework that extends beyond classical thermodynamics to encompass entangled quantum systems and quantum coherence.

The collaboration, initiated in 2023, has borne fruit through doctoral students, scientific seminars, discussions, and preliminary results. Looking ahead, the researchers envision not only advancing the theoretical understanding of quantum thermodynamics but also translating their findings into practical applications. From highly sensitive quantum thermometers to more efficient quantum computing systems, the potential societal and industrial impacts of their work are vast.

As quantum science and technology continue to gather momentum, collaborative efforts like these underscore the importance of international partnerships in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation. With Finland and India at the forefront of quantum research, this collaboration represents a significant step toward realizing the full potential of quantum technologies on a global scale.

Breakthroughs in Quantum Thermodynamics: A Collaborative Endeavor Between Finland and India is seed-funded as part of the India Pilot initiative from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Aalto is coordinating the India Pilot Network FICORE (Finnish Indian Consortia for Research and Education) which involves 38 higher education institutions from Finland and India. 

  • Published:
  • Updated:
URL copied!