### Abstract

We consider steady-state heat conduction across a quantum harmonic chain connected to reservoirs modeled by infinite collection of oscillators. The heat, Q, flowing across the oscillator in a time interval τ is a stochastic variable and we study the probability distribution function P(Q). We compute the exact generating function of Q at large τ and the large deviation function. The generating function has a symmetry satisfying the steady-state fluctuation theorem without any quantum corrections. The distribution P(Q) is non-Gaussian with clear exponential tails. The effect of finite τ and nonlinearity is considered in the classical limit through Langevin simulations. We also obtain the prediction of quantum heat current fluctuations at low temperatures in clean wires.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 180601 |

Journal | Physical review letters |

Volume | 99 |

Issue number | 18 |

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Publication status | Published - 2007 Oct 31 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Physics and Astronomy(all)

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*Physical review letters*,

*99*(18), [180601]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.180601