Generic emergence of classical features in quantum Darwinism

Brandão, Fernando G.S.L. and Piani, Marco and Horodecki, Paweł (2015) Generic emergence of classical features in quantum Darwinism. Nature Communications, 6. 7908. ISSN 2041-1723 (

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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.