|INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION & RESEARCH, MOHALI|
Associate Professor (Physics)
Knowledge city, Sector 81, SAS Nagar,
Manauli PO 140306
My recent research has shown that intimate connection between thermodynamics and information is going to play a central role in our understanding of quantum phenomena. Understanding thermal properties of nano-materials also demands a thermodynamic framework appropriate for systems at small scales.
I am interested in the interplay of work and heat in quantum systems and we address various issues like how fundamental notions of thermodynamics may be modified in the light of quantum theory. The study is also popularly addressed as "Quantum Thermodynamics". Heat engines using quantum working media provide a useful platform to analyze such issues.
Another line of enquiry is related to developing statistical mechanical tools for treating systems with long-range interactions. Issues like emergence of long-lived quasi-stationary states, ensemble inequivalence are addressed.