On the energetics of information exchange
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg - 26111 Oldenburg, Germany
Received: 9 January 2014
Accepted: 3 March 2014
We consider the thermodynamic properties of systems in contact with an information source and focus on the consequences of energetic cost associated with the exchange of information. To this end we introduce the model of a thermal tape and derive a general bound for the efficiency of work extraction for systems in contact with such a tape. Depending on the perspective, the correlations between system and tape may either increase or reduce the efficiency of the device. We illustrate our general results with two exactly solvable models, one being an autonomous system, the other one involving measurement and feedback. We also define an ideal tape limit in which our findings reduce to known results.
PACS: 05.20.-y – Classical statistical mechanics / 05.70.-a – Thermodynamics / 89.70.Cf – Entropy and other measures of information
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