No Thermalization without Correlations

Dmitry V. Zhdanov, Denys I. Bondar, Tamar Seideman

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The proof of the long-standing conjecture is presented that Markovian quantum master equations are at odds with quantum thermodynamics under conventional assumptions of fluctuation-dissipation theorems (implying a translation invariant dissipation). Specifically, except for identified systems, persistent system-bath correlations of at least one kind, spatial or temporal, are obligatory for thermalization. A systematic procedure is proposed to construct translation invariant bath models producing steady states that well approximate thermal states. A quantum optical scheme for the laboratory assessment of the developed procedure is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number170402
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Oct 24 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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