Long-lived mesoscopic entanglement between two damped infinite harmonic chains

Surace, J. and Benatti, F. and Carollo, F. and Floreanini, R. (2017) Long-lived mesoscopic entanglement between two damped infinite harmonic chains. Journal of Statistical Physics. ISSN 0022-4715

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    Abstract

    Abstract We consider two chains, each made of N independent oscillators, immersed in a common thermal bath and study the dynamics of their mutual quantum correlations in the thermodynamic, large-N limit. We show that dissipation and noise due to the presence of the external environment are able to generate collective quantum correlations between the two chains at the mesoscopic level. The created collective quantum entanglement between the two many-body systems turns out to be rather robust, surviving for asymptotically long times even for non vanishing bath temperatures.