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Violations of the second law of thermodynamics by a non-completely positive dynamics

Argentieri, G. A. ; Benatti, F. B. ; Floreanini, R. F. ; Pezzutto, M.

Europhysics Letters Vol. 107, Nº 5, pp. 1 - 8, September, 2014.

ISSN (print): 0295-5075
ISSN (online): 1286-4854

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Digital Object Identifier: 10.1209/0295-5075/107/50007

We consider a recently proposed model of driven open quantum micro-circuit (Pellegrini F., Phys. Rev. Lett., 107 (2011) 060401) amenable to experimental investigations. We show that such an open quantum system provides a concrete physical instance where we can prove that modeling its time evolution with a dynamics lacking complete positivity conflicts with the second law of thermodynamics.