Small systems (of interest in the areas of nanophysics, quantum information, etc.) are particularly vulnerable to environmental effects. Thus, we determine various thermodynamic functions for an oscillator in an arbitrary heat bath at arbitrary temperatures. Explicit results are presented for the most commonly discussed heat bath models: Ohmic, single relaxation time, and blackbody radiation. © 2007 The American Physical Society.
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Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Ford, G., & O'Connell, R. (2007). Quantum thermodynamic functions for an oscillator coupled to a heat bath. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 75 (13) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.75.134301