Indexed on: 16 Apr '17Published on: 30 Mar '17Published in: Annals of Physics
The model of Unruh-DeWitt detector coupled to the scalar field for finite time is studied. A systematic way of computing finite time corrections in various cases is suggested and nonperturbative effects like thermalization are discussed. It is shown in particular that adiabatic switching off the coupling between the detector and the thermal bath leaves non-vanishing corrections to the detector’s levels distribution. Considering the two level detector as an information bearing degree of freedom encoding one bit of information, limits on external work for the detector’s (de)couling in finite time following from the Landauer’s bound are formulated.