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Physicists lay groundwork to better understand the birth of the universe
March 6, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Sebastian Deffner at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Anthony Bartolotta at Caltech have developed the first techniques for describing the thermodynamics of very small systems with very high energy -- like the universe at the start of the Big Bang -- which could lead to a better understanding of the birth of the universe and other cosmological phenomena. The work builds on the burgeoning field of quantum stochastic thermodynamics and is "uncharted territory."Full Story
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