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Quantum Institute : 2007 Quantum Lunch Seminar Archives


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    Diego Dalvit
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The Quantum Lunch is regularly held on Thursdays in the Theoretical Division Conference Room, TA-3, Building 123, Room 121.
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April 19, 2007
12:30 PM

Marco Merkli,
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Resonance Theory of Decoherence and Thermalization


We present a rigorous analysis of the phenomenon of decoherence for general $N-$level systems coupled to reservoirs. The latter are described by free massless bosonic fields. We apply our general results to the specific cases of the qubit and the quantum register. We compare our results with the explicitly solvable case of systems whose interaction with the environment does not allow for energy exchange (non-demolition, or energy conserving interactions). We suggest a new approach which applies to a wide variety of systems which are not explicitly solvable.

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