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Phys Rev E. 2017 Feb;95(2-1):022413. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.95.022413. Epub 2017 Feb 22.

Quantum information processing in the radical-pair mechanism: Haberkorn's theory violates the Ozawa entropy bound.

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Department of Physics, University of Crete, 70013 Heraklion, Greece.
Institute for Theoretical and Computational Physics, University of Crete, 70013 Heraklion, Greece.


Radical-ion-pair reactions, central for understanding the avian magnetic compass and spin transport in photosynthetic reaction centers, were recently shown to be a fruitful paradigm of the new synthesis of quantum information science with biological processes. We show here that the master equation so far constituting the theoretical foundation of spin chemistry violates fundamental bounds for the entropy of quantum systems, in particular the Ozawa bound. In contrast, a recently developed theory based on quantum measurements, quantum coherence measures, and quantum retrodiction, thus exemplifying the paradigm of quantum biology, satisfies the Ozawa bound as well as the Lanford-Robinson bound on information extraction. By considering Groenewold's information, the quantum information extracted during the reaction, we reproduce the known and unravel other magnetic-field effects not conveyed by reaction yields.


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