Dynamical typicality of embedded quantum systems

Gregoire Ithier, Florent Benaych-Georges

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We consider the dynamics of an arbitrary quantum system coupled to a large arbitrary and fully quantum mechanical environment through a random interaction. We establish analytically and check numerically the typicality of this dynamics, in other words the fact that the reduced density matrix of the system has a self-averaging property. This phenomenon, which lies in a generalized central limit theorem, justifies rigorously averaging procedures over certain classes of random interactions and can explain the absence of sensitivity to microscopic details of irreversible processes such as thermalisation. It provides more generally a new ergodic principle for embedded quantum systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012108
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017


  • Dynamical
  • Typicality
  • Thermalisation

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