Dissertation Defense: Victor Albert, Yale University, “Lindbladians with multiple steady states: theory and applications”

Event time: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Yale Quantum Institute (YQI), Seminar Room See map
17 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

Lindbladians, one of the simplest extensions of Hamiltonian-based quantum mechanics, are used to describe decay and decoherence of a quantum system induced by that system’s environment. Traditionally, an environment is viewed as detrimental to fragile quantum properties. Nevertheless, it offers the ability to drive the system toward exotic phases of matter, which may be difficult to stabilize in nature, or toward protected subspaces, which can be used to store and process quantum information. The latter case (and sometimes the former case) requires the Lindbladian to have more than one steady state. Such Lindbladians, while not generic, are dissipative analogues of Hamiltonian systems with degenerate ground states. However, while Hamiltonians with degenerate ground states have been well-understood for some time, a corresponding treatment of Lindbladians is still underway. This dissertation aims to provide a snapshot of such a general treatment, reviewing Lindbladian extensions of topics commonplace to Hamiltonian systems as well as presenting some new results in this direction.