Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Byrd, Mark


In this thesis, we discuss correlations arising between a system and its environment that lead to errors in an open quantum system. Detecting those correlations would be valuable for avoiding and/or correcting those errors. It was studied previously that we can detect correlations by only measuring the system itself if we know the cause of interaction between the two, for example in the case of a dipole-dipole interaction for a spin 1/2-spin 1/2 interaction Hamiltonian. We investigate the unitary, U which is associated with the exchange Hamiltonian and examine the ability to detect initial correlations between a system and its environment for a spin-1/2(qubit) system interacting with a larger higher dimensional environment. We provide bounds for when we can state with certainty that there are initial system-environment correlations given experimental data.




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