Quantum thermodynamics addresses the emergence of thermodynamic phenomena from quantum mechanics. In addition, it aims at clarifying to what extent the paradigms of thermodynamics apply in the quantum domain when quantum effects such as quantum correlations, quantum fluctuations, coherences and entanglement, come into play. Emerging novel quantum technologies motivate the quest for smaller devices and quantum thermal machines. Such devices operating at the quantum level form the foundation for quantum information processing, quantum sensing and metrology. The area of quantum thermodynamics is undergoing rapid development with contributions from many fields of physical science, such as open quantum systems, quantum information, quantum optics, statistical physics. Experimental platforms include solid state and photonic devices, trapped ions, cold atoms, opto-mechanics and more. This annual conference gives an opportunity to discuss new results and foster new collaborations within the community.

The conference will be held online on the Zoom platform. You should have received information how to access it. If not please send us an email: qtd2022 [at] qub.ac.uk.

Registration is now closed.

To facilitate networking, we have created a Discord server where you can leave messages, questions for speakers etc. You can access it here

Previous editions: Geneva (online) 2021Barcelona (online) 2020Espoo 2019Santa Barbara 2018Oxford 2017, Erice (QTD2016), Porquerolles (QTD2015), Mallorca (2ndQTD), and Berlin (1st QTD).

Invited Speakers

Alvaro Alhambra, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Germany
Armen Allahverdyan, Yerevan Physics Institute, Armenia
Liliana Arrachea, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tilman Esslinger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Ken Funo, RIKEN, Japan
Benjamin Huard, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France
Sabrina Maniscalco, University of Helsinki, Finland
Kater Murch, Washington U. in St. Louis, US
Jukka Pekola, Aalto University, Finland
Pascale Senellart, CNRS, University Paris-Sud, University Paris-Saclay, France
Janine Splettstoesser, Chalmers University, Sweden
Vladan Vuletic, MIT, US
Nicole Yunger Halpern, University of Maryland, US


This year’s conference will feature a panel discussion on scientific publishing with confirmed panelists:
Lídia del Rio, ETH Zürich and co-founder of the journal Quantum.
Jean-Sébastien Caux, University of Amsterdam and co-founder of SciPost.org
See also: Redressing The Inverted Pyramid Of Scientific Publishing


This year’s conference will feature prizes for the best talk and for the best poster by an early-career researcher (student or postdoc). The prizes will be sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IOP) Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control Group (QQQ).

Locally organised by the Quantum Technology group at Queen’s University Belfast.