Maxwell's Demon Created In Photonic Circuit For First Time Ever
HNGN, 12 Feb 2016
A new experiment conducted at the University of Oxford has created a photonic Maxwell's demon for the first time ever. Maxwell's demon is a hypothetical being that violates the second law of thermodynamics and has been extensively studied since its proposal by James Maxwell in 1867, although these studies were only theoretical. The new study uses a photonic circuit to show that measurements made on two light beams can be used to create an energy imbalance between them, and this imbalance can be used to extract work.
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