Universal freezing of quantum correlations within the geometric approach

Cianciaruso, Marco and Bromley, Thomas R. and Roga, Wojciech and Lo Franco, Rosario and Adesso, Gerardo (2015) Universal freezing of quantum correlations within the geometric approach. Scientific Reports, 5. 10177. ISSN 2045-2322

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    Abstract

    Quantum correlations in a composite system can be measured by resorting to a geometric approach, according to which the distance from the state of the system to a suitable set of classically correlated states is considered. Here we show that all distance functions, which respect natural assumptions of invariance under transposition, convexity, and contractivity under quantum channels, give rise to geometric quantifiers of quantum correlations which exhibit the peculiar freezing phenomenon, i.e., remain constant during the evolution of a paradigmatic class of states of two qubits each independently interacting with a non-dissipative decohering environment. Our results demonstrate from first principles that freezing of geometric quantum correlations is independent of the adopted distance and therefore universal. This finding paves the way to a deeper physical interpretation and future practical exploitation of the phenomenon for noisy quantum technologies.