Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
Honours Project
Supervisor(s): 
Tom Stace

 

Many quantum systems interact with their environment, which destroys some of the peculiarities that quantum mechanics is known for, such as entanglement.   One of the common ways to analyse such an open quantum system is to assume that the environment has no “memory”; that even as it interacts with the quantum system, its state immediately becomes uncorrelated with the system.  This is known as the Markov approximation.  This theoretical project will take two new methods that have recently been developed and put them together to treat systems for which the Markov approximation fails.  This may have important implications for recent experiments at Sydney University.