We investigate classical and quantum correlations of a quantum field in the inflationary universe using a particle detector model. By considering the entanglement and correlations between two comoving detectors interacting with a scalar field, we find that the entanglement between the detectors becomes zero after their physical separation exceeds the Hubble horizon. Furthermore, the quantum discord, which is defined as the quantum part of total correlation, approaches zero on the super horizon scale. These behaviors support the appearance of the classical nature of the quantum fluctuation generated during the inflationary era.
|Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
|Published - Aug 8 2011
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)