February 19, 2013

Maxwell's Demon Meets Quantum Dots

Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American


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Entropy. It’s at the root of one of the most famous physics thought experiments of the 20th century (second only to the infamous Schroedinger’s cat), devised by a Scottish physicist named James Clerk Maxwell, called Maxwell’s Demon. And now scientists at the Institute of Technology in Berlin have devised a nanoscale version of that thought experiment using quantum dots.

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