New article: Reversing the thermodynamic arrow of time using quantum correlations

Title: Reversing the thermodynamic arrow of time using quantum correlations

Authors: Kaonan Micadei, John P. S. Peterson, Alexandre M. Souza, Roberto S. Sarthour, Ivan S. Oliveira, Gabriel T. Landi, Tiago B. Batalhão, Roberto M. Serra, Eric Lutz


Abstract: The second law permits the prediction of the direction of natural processes, thus defining a thermodynamic arrow of time. However, standard thermodynamics presupposes the absence of initial correlations between interacting systems. We here experimentally demonstrate the reversal of the arrow of time for two initially quantum correlated spins-1/2, prepared in local thermal states at different temperatures, employing a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance setup. We observe a spontaneous heat flow from the cold to the hot system. This process is enabled by a trade off between correlations and entropy that we quantify with information-theoretical quantities.


QM Talks@CBPF: Alexandre B. Tacla — 13.11, 16h00

Our next talk in the series QM Talks@CBPF will be delivered by Alexandre B. Tacla (Glasgow). Alexandre has many interests, and a broad knowledge. In this talk he will tell us about his recent results on how to deal with complex many-body systems in an efficient way.

Note that this week, due to the holiday celebrating the Proclamation of the Republic in Brazil on Wednesday, the talk will be on Monday. See the full info below, and be sure to not miss this talk!

Title: Particle-correlated states: A non-perturbative treatment beyond mean field

Speaker: Alexandre B. Tacla (Glasgow)

Coordinates: room 601C, CBPF. 13.11 (Monday), 16h00

Abstract: Many useful properties of dilute Bose gases at ultralow temperatures are predicted precisely by the (mean-field) product-state Ansatz, in which all particles are in the same single-particle state. However, in situations where particle-particle correlations become important, this technique fails and more sophisticated methods are required. In this talk, I will introduce a new set of states that include quantum correlations nonperturbatively: The particle-correlated state (PCS) of N = l × n particles is derived by symmetrizing the n-fold product of an l-particle quantum state. Quantum correlations of the l-particle state “spread out” to any subset of the N bosons by symmetrization. Specifically, I will present the PCS theory for the ground-state of bosonic systems constructed from a two-particle pure state (l=2) [Phys. Rev. A 96, 023621 (2017)]. In particular, I will show (i) how to simulate PCS efficiently for large systems and (ii) how to calculate analytically the reduced density matrices (correlation functions) directly from the PCS normalization factor. Lastly, I will discuss the efficacy of PCS when applied to the two-site Bose-Hubbard model. The key result is that the PCS Ansatz can faithfully represent the exact ground-state over the entire parameter region from a superfluid to a Mott insulator.

QM Talks@CBPF: Marcelo F. Santos — 08.11, 16h00

This week we have the pleasure to receive Marcelo F. Santos (UFRJ) as a speaker in our series QM Talks@CBPF. Marcelo and co-authors have recently put in the arXiv an intriguing paper: Photonic Counterparts of Cooper Pairs. This article, already accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, attracted quite some attention (see here the Nature News feature on the article) for proposing that photons can interact inside a medium in a way very similar to that of electrons in a superconducting material, forming the so-called Cooper pairs. Got interested?! Then do not miss Marcelo’s talk. The info follows:

Title: Photonic Cooper pairs

Speaker: Marcelo F. Santos (UFRJ)

Coordinates: room 601C, CBPF. 08.11, 16h00

Abstract: Photons are the elementary particles of light. Contrary to most particles, photons do not interact directly with each other in vacuum. However, when propagating in a material, e.g. water, photon pairs may interact through the medium. In the Raman effect, for example, it is possible that a photon creates or absorbs a vibrational excitation of the material. In this work, we demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that photon pairs may interact via a virtual vibration, meaning that the energy exchanged in the process does not correspond to a quantum of vibrational energy. The same process occurs in a metal at very low temperatures, where virtual vibrations of the medium create an effective attractive interaction between electrons, forming the so-called Cooper pairs. This phenomenon changes a normal metal into a superconductor – a zero-resistance state. We have shown theoretically and experimentally the analogue of this phenomenon with light, namely an effective photon-photon interaction mediated by a virtual vibration, i.e, a photonic Cooper pair. An important next step is to test how far the analogy with superconductivity extends.

QM Talks@CBPF: Thiago Guerreiro — 01.11, 16h00

Following with our series of seminars QM Talks@CBPF, the next talk will be given by Thiago Guerreiro (PUC-RJ). Thiago has just returned to Brazil after postdoc and PhD in the group of Nicolas Gisin. In this “welcome back” talk, Thiago will tell us about his recent results and also about his research plans. Be sure to be there!

Title: Table-top high-energy quantum physics

Speaker: Thiago Guerreiro (PUC-RJ)

Coordinates: room 601C, CBPF. 01.11, 16h00

Abstract: Often in history, important measurements and discoveries were preceded by long periods of technical development. Today, fundamental physics may be at the edge of a new exciting age which will exploit the development of so-called quantum technologies. In this talk I will discuss examples of how precise control over quantum matter can lead to new developments in fundamental physics, from gravitational waves to the search for new particles and interactions of nature.

COTEO@CBPF: Giuseppe Di Molfetta — 25.10, 14h30

From this Friday (20.10) up to the end of the month we have the pleasure to receive Giuseppe Di Molfeta at CBPF. Giuseppe has many contributions to the topic of quantum walks. More specifically he employs quantum walks to simulate all sort of systems: from neutrino oscillations and Dirac equation, all the way up to gravity! The latter is the subject of the talk he will deliver in the Theory Seminar. See the details below, and be sure to be there!

Title: Quantum walking in curved spacetime

Speaker: Giuseppe Di Molfetta (Université Aix-Marseille )

Coordinates: seminar room 6th floor, CBPF. 25.10, 14h30

Abstract:In the framework of Quantum Simulation, a crucial topic for the exploration of physical situations where experiments are currently hard or impossible to setup (e.g. quantum gravity), Quantum Walks (QW) are increasingly recognized as prominent models. A discrete-time QW is essentially a unitary operator driving the evolution of a single particle on the lattice. Some QWs admit a continuum limit, leading to familiar PDEs (e.g. the Dirac equation). We introduce Grouped QWs, a generalization of the usual QWs where (i) the input is allowed a simple prior encoding and (ii) the local unitary coin is allowed to act on larger than usual neighborhoods. In [1] it was shown that the continuum limit of this class of QWs leads to an entire class of PDEs, encompassing the Hamiltonian form of the massive Dirac equation in (1 + 1) curved spacetime [2]. Therefore a certain QW provides us with a unitary discrete toy model of a test particle in curved spacetime, in spite of the fixed background lattice.
Here we take a step further and discretize the coin operator itself, only allowing, as elementary local unitary operator, the identity (no propagation) or the Pauli X operator (full-speed propagation). This discretization has the practical advantage of allowing easier experimental implementation, as well as of being of interest for studying the quantization of the metric. We prove that we can obtain the Dirac equation in the case of constant background metric. We also thoroughly analyze the non-constant metric case showing how, due to a non-differentiability issue in the discrete model, a new term arises in the differential equation, deviating from the usual Dirac equation.

[1] P. Arrighi, S. Facchini, M. Forets, Quantum Inf. Process. (2016) 15: 3467
[2] G. Di Molfetta, F. Debbasch, M. E. Brachet, Phys. Rev. A 88.4 (2013): 042301

QM Talks@CBPF: Fernando Nicácio — 07.06, 16h00

Our next seminar from the series QM Talks@CBPF will be given by Fernando Nicácio, aka, Boiúna (or is it the other way around?).
See the details below. See you there!

Title: Determinando propriedades de estados estacionários diretamente
das interações do sistema com o ambiente

Speaker: Fernando Nicácio (UFRJ)

Coordinates: room 601C, CBPF. 07.06, 16h00

Abstract: Considerando estados estacionários de um sistema de variáveis contínuas evoluindo sob uma dinâmica não-unitária, revelamos a conexão entre propriedades e simetrias do sistema com os parâmetros dinâmicos da evolução. Em particular, estabelecemos uma relação entre a equação de Lyapunov para sistemas dinâmicos não-Hamiltonianos e as soluções estacionárias de uma equação mestra de Lindblad independente do tempo para modos bosônicos. Explorando relações de “bona fide”, as quais são utilizadas para caracterizar propriedades quânticas genuínas (emaranhamento, “steerabilidade”, classicalidade), obtemos condições sobre os parâmetros dinâmicos da equação de Lindblad que fazem com que o sistema seja conduzido a um estado estacionário que detém tais propriedades. Desenvolveremos também um método para capturar as simetrias do estado estacionário baseado nas simetrias da equação de Lyapunov. E por fim, apresentamos um método teórico simples para engenharia de reservatórios baseado nos resultados preliminares.

F. Nicacio, M. Paternostro, & A. Ferraro,
Determining stationary-state quantum properties directly from system-environment interactions,
Phys. Rev A 94, 052129 (2016).

New article: Emerging Dynamics Arising From Quantum Mechanics

Title: Emerging Dynamics Arising From Quantum Mechanics

Authors: Cristhiano Duarte (UFMG), Gabriel Dias Carvalho (CBPF), Nadja K. Bernades (UFMG), Fernando de Melo (CBPF)


Abstract: Physics dares to describe Nature from elementary particles all the way up to cosmological objects like cluster of galaxies and black holes. Although a unified description for all this spectrum of events is desirable, an one-theory-fits-all would be highly impractical. To not get lost in unnecessary details, effective descriptions are mandatory. Here we analyze what are the dynamics that may emerge from a fully quantum description when one does not have access to all the degrees of freedom of a system. More concretely, we describe the properties of the dynamics that arise from Quantum Mechanics if one has only access to a coarse grained description of the system. We obtain that the effective channels are not necessarily of Kraus form, due to correlations between accessible and non-accessible degrees of freedom, and that the distance between two effective states may increase under the action of the effective channel. We expect our framework to be useful for addressing questions such as the thermalization of closed quantum systems, and the description of measurements in quantum mechanics.