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|Title:||Decoherence induced by a composite environment|
|Source:||Chaudhry, A.Z., Gong, J. (2014-01-31). Decoherence induced by a composite environment. Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 89 (1) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.89.014104|
|Abstract:||It is not always justified to model the environment of a realistic quantum system as a collection of harmonic oscillators or two-level systems. To explore interesting physics associated with a composite environment, here we study the dynamics of a qubit coupled to a second two-level system, which is in turn coupled to a harmonic-oscillator bath. That is, the qubit of interest is in the presence of a composite environment consisting of the second two-level system and a conventional harmonic-oscillator bath. We investigate the issue of pointer states of decoherence for the qubit for different coupling strengths between the qubit and such a composite environment. It is shown that for weak-, intermediate-, or strong-coupling strengths, the qubit's reduced density matrix has a coupling-strength-dependent diagonal representation, thus yielding coupling-strength-dependent computational pointer states. Interestingly, the associated decoherence rate can decrease as the coupling strength increases. © 2014 American Physical Society.|
|Source Title:||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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