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New article by grad student Akram Touil and Prof. Deffner

“Eavesdropping on the Decohering Environment: Quantum Darwinism, Amplification, and the Origin of Objective Classical Reality”

Akram Touil, Bin Yan, Davide Girolami, Sebastian Deffner, and Wojciech Hubert Zurek

Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 010401 – Published 6 January 2022

URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.128.010401

Abstract: How much information about a system S can one extract from a fragment F of the environment E that decohered it?” is the central question of Quantum Darwinism. To date, most answers relied on the quantum mutual information of SF, or on the Holevo bound on the channel capacity of F to communicate the classical information encoded in S. These are reasonable upper bounds on what is really needed but much harder to calculate—the accessible information in the fragment F about S. We consider a model based on imperfect C-NOT gates where all the above can be computed, and discuss its implications for the emergence of objective classical reality. We find that all relevant quantities, such as the quantum mutual information as well as various bounds on the accessible information exhibit similar behavior. In the regime relevant for the emergence of objective classical reality this includes scaling independent of the quality of the imperfect C-NOT gates or the size of E, and even nearly independent of the initial state of S.

Posted: January 10, 2022, 12:19 PM