Coherence protection in coupled quantum systems

Research paper by Helen Cammack, Peter Kirton, Paul Eastham, Jonathan Keeling, Brendon Lovett

Indexed on: 16 Sep '16Published on: 16 Sep '16Published in: arXiv - Quantum Physics


The interaction of a quantum system with its environment causes decoherence, setting a fundamental limit on the suitability of a system for quantum information processing. However, we show that if the quantum system consists of coupled parts with different internal energy scales then the interaction of one part with a thermal bath need not lead to loss of coherence from the other. Remarkably, we find that the protected part can become more coherent when the coupling to the bath becomes stronger or the temperature is raised. Our theory will enable the design of decoherence-resistant hybrid quantum computers.