Black Hole and Quantum Szilárd Heat EnginesPublic Deposited
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This report explores the properties of two unusual heat engines. The first, the black hole engine, operates between two thermal reservoirs consisting of black holes and extracts energy from the emitted Hawking radiation. The unusual features of this engine are explored. The second engine, the quantum Szilard engine, is used to understand why the violation of the second law of thermodynamics by a quantum Maxwell’s demon turns out not to be the case.
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