Quantum to classical transition in an information ratchet
Josey Stevens and Sebastian Deffner
Recent years have seen a flurry of research activity in the study of minimal and autonomous information ratchets. However, the existing classical and quantum models are somewhat hard to compare and hence quantifying possible quantum supremacy in information ratchets has been elusive. We propose a step towards filling this void between quantum and classical ratchets by introducing a model with continuous variables: a quantum particle in a box coupled to a stream of qubits. The dynamics is solved exactly and we analyze the quantum to classical transition in terms of a natural timescale parameter for the model.