We demonstrate that entanglement can persistently recur in an oscillating two-spin molecule that is coupled to a hot and noisy environment, in which no static entanglement can survive. The system represents a nonequilibrium quantum system which, driven through the oscillatory motion, is prevented from reaching its (separable) thermal equilibrium state. Environmental noise, together with the driven motion, plays a constructive role by periodically resetting the system, even though it will destroy entanglement as usual. As a building block, the present simple mechanism supports the perspective that entanglement can exist also in systems which are exposed to a hot environment and to high levels of decoherence, which we expect, e.g., for biological systems. Our results also suggest that entanglement plays a role in the heat exchange between molecular machines and environment. Experimental simulation of our model with trapped ions is within reach of the current state-of-the-art quantum technologies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Dynamic entanglement in oscillating molecules and potential biological implications|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2010|
Bibliographical notePublisher: The American Physical Society
Cai, J., Popescu, S., & Briegel, HJ. (2010). Dynamic entanglement in oscillating molecules and potential biological implications. Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 82(2), 1-10. . https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.82.021921