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The physics of information: from Maxwell's demon to Landauer

Prof. Dr. Eric Lutz (Department für Physik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Datum:  08.06.2015 17:15 Uhr – 19:00 Uhr

Ort: Hörsaal H 030, Fakultät für Physik der LMU, Schellingstr. 4, München

We will discuss the intimate connection existing between information theory and thermodynamics following its historical development. We will focus on two complementary aspects: 1) the gain of information which we will illustrate with Maxwell's famous demon and 2) the erasure of information summarized by Landauer's principle. We will further present a number of recent single-particle experiments that have for the first time realized the above gedanken experiments in the lab.