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    Dynamics of the entanglement between two oscillators in the same environment

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    We provide a complete characterization of the evolution of entanglement between two oscillators coupled to a common environment. For initial Gaussian states we identify three phases with different qualitative long time behavior: There is a phase where entanglement undergoes a sudden death (SD). Another phase (SDR) is characterized by an infinite sequence of events of sudden death and revival of entanglement. In the third phase (NSD) there is no sudden death of entanglement, which persist for long time. The phase diagram is described and analytic expressions for the boundary between phases are obtained. Numerical simulations show the accuracy of the analytic expressions. These results are applicable to a large variety of non--Markovian environments. The case of non--resonant oscillators is also numerically investigated.Comment: 4 pages, 5 figure

    Entanglement dynamics during decoherence

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    The evolution of the entanglement between oscillators that interact with the same environment displays highly non-trivial behavior in the long time regime. When the oscillators only interact through the environment, three dynamical phases were identified and a simple phase diagram characterizing them was presented. Here we generalize those results to the cases where the oscillators are directly coupled and we show how a degree of mixidness can affect the final entanglement. In both cases, entanglement dynamics is fully characterized by three phases (SD: sudden death, NSD: no-sudden death and SDR: sudden death and revivals) which cover a phase diagram that is a simple variant of the previously introduced one. We present results when the oscillators are coupled to the environment through their position and also for the case where the coupling is symmetric in position and momentum (as obtained in the RWA). As a bonus, in the last case we present a very simple derivation of an exact master equation valid for arbitrary temperatures of the environment.Comment: to appear in QIP special issue on Quantum Decoherence and Entanglemen
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