Caldeira and Leggett (CL), in a seminal paper, derived a master equation describing Markovian quantum Brownian motion. Such an equation suffered from not being completely positive, and many efforts have been made to solve this issue. We show that when a careful mathematical analysis is performed, the model considered by CL leads to a nondissipative master equation. We argue that the correct way to understand the master equation derived in the CL regime is to consider it non-Markovian. Moreover, we show that if one wants to provide a microscopic description of quantum Brownian motion with the CL model, one always needs to consider a non-Markovian dynamics. We conclude that dissipation is a genuinely non-Markovian feature. © 2017 American Physical Society.

Dissipation in the Caldeira-Leggett model

Ferialdi L
2017-01-01

Abstract

Caldeira and Leggett (CL), in a seminal paper, derived a master equation describing Markovian quantum Brownian motion. Such an equation suffered from not being completely positive, and many efforts have been made to solve this issue. We show that when a careful mathematical analysis is performed, the model considered by CL leads to a nondissipative master equation. We argue that the correct way to understand the master equation derived in the CL regime is to consider it non-Markovian. Moreover, we show that if one wants to provide a microscopic description of quantum Brownian motion with the CL model, one always needs to consider a non-Markovian dynamics. We conclude that dissipation is a genuinely non-Markovian feature. © 2017 American Physical Society.
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