Generic emergence of classical features in quantum Darwinism

Fernando G.S.L. Brandão, Marco Piani, Paweł Horodecki

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Abstract

Quantum Darwinism posits that only specific information about a quantum system that is redundantly proliferated to many parts of its environment becomes accessible and objective, leading to the emergence of classical reality. However it is not clear under what conditions this mechanism holds true. Here we prove that the emergence of classical features along the lines of quantum Darwinism is a general feature of any quantum dynamics: observers who acquire information indirectly through the environment have effectively access at most to classical information about one and the same measurement of the quantum system. Our analysis does not rely on a strict conceptual splitting between a system of interest and its environment, and allows one to interpret any system as part of the environment of any other system. Finally, our approach leads to a full operational characterization of quantum discord in terms of local redistribution of correlations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7908
Number of pages14
JournalNature Communications
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • quantum Darwinism
  • quantum reality
  • quantum dynamics
  • classical reality

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