Quantum Information Processing

, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 2623–2636 | Cite as

Predominance of entanglement of formation over quantum discord under quantum channels

  • Steve CampbellEmail author


We present a study of the behavior of two different figures of merit for quantum correlations, entanglement of formation and quantum discord, under quantum channels showing how the former can, counterintuitively, be more resilient to such environments spoiling effects. By exploiting strict conservation relations between the two measures and imposing necessary constraints on the initial conditions we are able to explicitly show this predominance is related to build-up of the system-environment correlations.


Entanglement Open systems Quantum discord Quantum correlations 



The author greatly acknowledges fruitful discussions and exchanges with Drs. Mauro Paternostro, Tomasz Paterek, Laura Mazzola, Thomas Busch, Gianluca Giorgi and Dave Rea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quantum Systems UnitOkinawa Institute of Science and TechnologyOkinawaJapan
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity College CorkCorkRepublic of Ireland

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