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In the former case we also know the existence of dense pure point spectrum for some disorder thus exhibiting spectral transition valid for the Bethe lattice and expected for the Anderson model in higher dimension. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
A new theory explains the seemingly irreversible arrow of time while yielding insights into entropy, quantum computers, black holes, and the past-future divide. Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known as thermal equilibrium.
But to the bafflement of generations of physicists, the arrow of time does not seem to follow from the underlying laws of physics, which work the same going forward in time as in reverse. By those laws, it seemed that if someone knew the paths of all the particles in the universe and flipped them around, energy would accumulate rather than disperse: Tepid coffee would spontaneously heat up, buildings would rise from their rubble and sunlight would slink back into the sun.
Why am I relevant? And yet, since the birth of thermodynamics in the s, the only known approach for calculating the spread of energy was to formulate statistical distributions of the unknown trajectories of particles, and show that, over time, the ignorance smeared things out. Popescu, Short and their colleagues Noah Linden and Andreas Winter reported the discovery in the journal Physical Review E in , arguing that objects reach equilibrium, or a state of uniform energy distribution, within an infinite amount of time by becoming quantum mechanically entangled with their surroundings.
Short and a collaborator strengthened the argument in by showing that entanglement causes equilibration within a finite time. And, in work that was posted on the scientific preprint site arXiv. An elementary particle lacks definite physical properties and is defined only by probabilities of being in various states.
For example, at a particular moment, a particle might have a 50 percent chance of spinning clockwise and a 50 percent chance of spinning counterclockwise. It might dictate, for example, that the particles spin in opposite directions. The phenomenon underlies quantum computing, quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation. The idea that entanglement might explain the arrow of time first occurred to Seth Lloyd about 30 years ago, when he was a year-old philosophy graduate student at Cambridge University with a Harvard physics degree.
Lloyd realized that quantum uncertainty, and the way it spreads as particles become increasingly entangled, could replace human uncertainty in the old classical proofs as the true source of the arrow of time. Using an obscure approach to quantum mechanics that treated units of information as its basic building blocks, Lloyd spent several years studying the evolution of particles in terms of shuffling 1s and 0s.
It was as though the particles gradually lost their individual autonomy and became pawns of the collective state. Eventually, the correlations contained all the information, and the individual particles contained none.
At that point, Lloyd discovered, particles arrived at a state of equilibrium, and their states stopped changing, like coffee that has cooled to room temperature. The idea, presented in his doctoral thesis , fell on deaf ears. Advances in quantum computing have since turned quantum information theory into one of the most active branches of physics.
Lloyd is now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recognized as one of the founders of the discipline, and his overlooked idea has resurfaced in a stronger form in the hands of the Bristol physicists. The newer proofs are more general, researchers say, and hold for virtually any quantum system.
Sometimes you have to have the idea at the right time. This local information loss causes the state of the coffee to stagnate even as the pure state of the entire room continues to evolve. Consequently, a tepid cup of coffee does not spontaneously warm up. In principle, as the pure state of the room evolves, the coffee could suddenly become unmixed from the air and enter a pure state of its own.
But there are so many more mixed states than pure states available to the coffee that this practically never happens — one would have to outlive the universe to witness it.
Then you enter and you have this enormous place and you get lost in it. And you never come back to the gate. In the new story of the arrow of time, it is the loss of information through quantum entanglement, rather than a subjective lack of human knowledge, that drives a cup of coffee into equilibrium with the surrounding room.
The room eventually equilibrates with the outside environment, and the environment drifts even more slowly toward equilibrium with the rest of the universe. The giants of 19th century thermodynamics viewed this process as a gradual dispersal of energy that increases the overall entropy, or disorder, of the universe. Today, Lloyd, Popescu and others in their field see the arrow of time differently. In their view, information becomes increasingly diffuse, but it never disappears completely.
So, they assert, although entropy increases locally, the overall entropy of the universe stays constant at zero. Despite the recent progress in calculating equilibration time scales, the new approach has yet to make headway as a tool for parsing the thermodynamic properties of specific things, like coffee, glass or exotic states of matter.
Several traditional thermodynamicists reported being only vaguely aware of the new approach. But the conceptual advance and new mathematical formalism is already helping researchers address theoretical questions about thermodynamics, such as the fundamental limits of quantum computers and even the ultimate fate of the universe.
How much useful work can we extract? How can I intervene to do something interesting? When you read a message on a piece of paper, your brain becomes correlated with it through the photons that reach your eyes. Only from that moment on will you be capable of remembering what the message says. The backdrop for the steady growth of entanglement throughout the universe is, of course, time itself. The physicists stress that despite great advances in understanding how changes in time occur, they have made no progress in uncovering the nature of time itself or why it seems different both perceptually and in the equations of quantum mechanics than the three dimensions of space.
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