Optimal performance of a quantum Otto refrigerator

Research paper by Obinna Abah, Eric Lutz

Indexed on: 17 Jan '16Published on: 17 Jan '16Published in: Quantum Physics


We consider a quantum Otto refrigerator cycle of a time-dependent harmonic oscillator. We investigate the coefficient of performance at maximum figure of merit for adiabatic and nonadiabatic frequency modulations. We obtain analytical expressions for the optimal performance both in the high-temperature (classical) regime and in the low-temperature (quantum) limit. We moreover analyze the breakdown of the cooling cycle for strongly nonadiabatic driving protocols and derive analytical estimates for the minimal driving time allowed for cooling.