We explore the connection between two recently introduced notions of non-Markovian quantum dynamics and the validity of the so-called quantum regression theorem. While non-Markovianity of a quantum dynamics has been defined looking at the behavior in time of the statistical operator, which determines the evolution of mean values, the quantum regression theorem makes statements about the behavior of system correlation functions of order two and higher. The comparison relies on an estimate of the validity of the quantum regression hypothesis, which can be obtained exactly evaluating two-point correlation functions. To this aim we consider a qubit undergoing dephasing due to interaction with a bosonic bath, comparing the exact evaluation of the non-Markovianity measures with the violation of the quantum regression theorem for a class of spectral densities. We further study a photonic dephasing model, recently exploited for the experimental measurement of non-Markovianity. It appears that while a non-Markovian dynamics according to either definition brings with itself violation of the regression hypothesis, even Markovian dynamics can lead to a failure of the regression relation.

Quantum regression theorem and non-Markovianity of quantum dynamics / G. Guarnieri, A. Smirne, B. Vacchini. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW A. - ISSN 1050-2947. - 90:2(2014), pp. 022110.1-022110.11. [10.1103/PhysRevA.90.022110]

Quantum regression theorem and non-Markovianity of quantum dynamics

G. Guarnieri
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;
A. Smirne
Secondo
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B. Vacchini
Ultimo
2014

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We explore the connection between two recently introduced notions of non-Markovian quantum dynamics and the validity of the so-called quantum regression theorem. While non-Markovianity of a quantum dynamics has been defined looking at the behavior in time of the statistical operator, which determines the evolution of mean values, the quantum regression theorem makes statements about the behavior of system correlation functions of order two and higher. The comparison relies on an estimate of the validity of the quantum regression hypothesis, which can be obtained exactly evaluating two-point correlation functions. To this aim we consider a qubit undergoing dephasing due to interaction with a bosonic bath, comparing the exact evaluation of the non-Markovianity measures with the violation of the quantum regression theorem for a class of spectral densities. We further study a photonic dephasing model, recently exploited for the experimental measurement of non-Markovianity. It appears that while a non-Markovian dynamics according to either definition brings with itself violation of the regression hypothesis, even Markovian dynamics can lead to a failure of the regression relation.
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