Thermodynamics of continuous non-Markovian feedback control

Maxime Debiossac (Corresponding author), David Grass, Jose Joaquin Alonso, Eric Lutz, Nikolai Kiesel

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Feedback control mechanisms are ubiquitous in science and technology, and play an essential role in regulating physical, biological and engineering systems. The standard second law of thermodynamics does not hold in the presence of measurement and feedback. Most studies so far have extended the second law for discrete, Markovian feedback protocols; however, non-Markovian feedback is omnipresent in processes where the control signal is applied with a non-negligible delay. Here, we experimentally investigate the thermodynamics of continuous, time-delayed feedback control using the motion of an optically levitated, underdamped microparticle. We test the validity of a generalized second law which bounds the energy extracted from the system, and study the breakdown of feedback cooling for very large time delays.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1360
Number of pages6
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2020

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103026 Quantum optics

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