Decoherence and pointer states in small antiferromagnets: A benchmark testDonker, H. C., De Raedt, H. & Katsnelson, M. I., 2017, In : SciPost Physics. 2, p. 1-21 22 p., 010.
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We study the decoherence process of a four spin-1/2 antiferromagnet that is coupled to an environment of spin-1/2 particles. The preferred basis of the antiferromagnet is discussed in two limiting cases and we identify two exact pointer states. Decoherence near the two limits is examined whereby entropy is used to quantify the robustness of states against environmental coupling. We find that close to the quantum measurement limit, the self-Hamiltonian of the system of interest can become dynamically relevant on macroscopic timescales. We illustrate this point by explicitly constructing a state that is more robust than (generic) states diagonal in the system-environment interaction Hamiltonian.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- SPIN-BATH, QUANTUM, PREDICTABILITY, UNIVERSALITY, CLASSICALITY, ENVIRONMENTS, DYNAMICS, SYSTEM, ATOMS