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Thermodynamics of Quantum Computation

Josey Stevens, Sebastian Deffner

We will present a minimal model of a continuous quantum Maxwell demon obeying Hamiltonian dynamics. Our model will be solved via semi-exact computational methods to study its steady-state behavior. Study of this model will also lead to quantification of the thermodynamic advantage of quantum information processing as compared to classical information processing. The new model serves as a significant generalization of previous work and serves as the starting point for studying open quantum Maxwell demons.