Quantum Lyapunov exponents beyond continuous measurements

I. I. Yusipov, O. S. Vershinina, S. Denisov, S. P. Kuznetsov, M. V. Ivanchenko
2019 Chaos  
Quantum systems, when interacting with their environments, may exhibit nonequilibrium states that are tempting to be interpreted as quantum analogs of chaotic attractors. However, di erent from the Hamiltonian case, the toolbox for quantifying dissipative quantum chaos remains limited. In particular, quantum generalizations of Lyapunov exponents, the main quanti ers of classical chaos, are established only within the framework of continuous measurements. We propose an alternative generalization
more » ... based on the unraveling of quantum master equation into an ensemble of "quantum trajectories," by using the so-called Monte Carlo wave-function method. We illustrate the idea with a periodically modulated open quantum dimer and demonstrate that the transition to quantum chaos matches the period-doubling route to chaos in the corresponding mean-eld system. Published under license by AIP Publishing. https://doi.
doi:10.1063/1.5094324 fatcat:4a5i4tgb2zfrnkucoy3cqflmsm