The sum of the Holevo quantity (that bounds the capacity of quantum channels to transmit classical information about an observable) and the quantum discord (a measure of the quantumness of correlations of that observable) yields an observable-independent total given by the quantum mutual information. This split naturally delineates information about...
Topological defects, such as monopoles, vortex lines or domain walls, mark locations where disparate choices of a broken-symmetry vacuum elsewhere in the system lead to irreconcilable differences(1,2). They are energetically costly (the energy density in their core reaches that of the prior symmetric vacuum) but topologically stable (the whole manifold...
Motivated by the advances of quantum Darwinism and recognizing the role played by redundancy in identifying the small subset of quantum states with resilience characteristic of objective classical reality, we explore the implications of redundant records for consistent histories. The consistent histories formalism is a tool for describing sequences of...
Amplification was regarded, since the early days of quantum theory, as a mysterious ingredient that
endows quantum microstates with macroscopic consequences, key to the “collapse of the wave packet,”
and a way to avoid embarrassing problems exemplified by Schrödinger’s cat. Such a bridge between the
quantum microworld and the classical...
Quantum Darwinism recognizes the role of the environment as a communication channel: Decoherence can selectively amplify information about the pointer states of a system of interest (preventing access to complementary information about their superpositions) and can make records of this information accessible to many observers. This redundancy explains the emergence...
A state selected at random from the Hilbert space of a many-body system is overwhelmingly likely to exhibit highly non-classical correlations. For these typical states, half of the environment must be measured by an observer to determine the state of a given subsystem. The objectivity of classical reality—the fact that...
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Darwinism
C Jess Riedel1,2,5, WojciechH Zurek1,3 and Michael Zwolak1,4
1 Theoretical Division/CNLS, LANL
A state selected at random from the Hilbert space of a many-body system is overwhelmingly likely to exhibit highly non-classical correlations. For these typical states, half of the environment must be measured by an observer to determine the state of a given subsystem. The objectivity of classical reality—the fact that...
Full Text:
Darwinism
C Jess Riedel1,2,5, WojciechH Zurek1,3 and Michael Zwolak1,4
1 Theoretical Division/CNLS, LANL
A state selected at random from the Hilbert space of a many-body system is overwhelmingly likely to exhibit highly non-classical correlations. For these typical states, half of the environment must be measured by an observer to determine the state of a given subsystem. The objectivity of classical reality—the fact that...
Full Text:
Jess Riedel1,2,5, WojciechH Zurek1,3 and Michael Zwolak1,4
1 Theoretical Division, LANL, Los Alamos
A state selected at random from the Hilbert space of a many-body system is overwhelmingly likely to exhibit highly non-classical correlations. For these typical states, half of the environment must be measured by an observer to determine the state of a given subsystem. The objectivity of classical reality—the fact that...
Full Text:
Jess Riedel1,2,5, WojciechH Zurek1,3 and Michael Zwolak1,4
1 Theoretical Division, LANL, Los Alamos
A state selected at random from the Hilbert space of a many-body system is overwhelmingly likely to exhibit highly non-classical correlations. For these typical states, half of the environment must be measured by an observer to determine the state of a given subsystem. The objectivity of classical reality—the fact that...