Abstract

We consider an entanglement harvesting protocol between two Unruh-deWitt detectors in quantum superpositions of static trajectories in the static de Sitter and thermal Minkowski spacetimes. We demonstrate for the first time that the spatial superposition of each detector’s path allows entanglement to be harvested from the quantum field in regimes where it would be otherwise impossible for detectors on classical trajectories. Surprisingly, for detectors on sufficiently delocalized trajectories in a thermal bath, the amount of harvested entanglement grows with the temperature of the field, violating a no-go theorem derived by Simidzija et al. [Phys. Rev. D 98, 085007]. We also discover interesting effects for mutual information harvesting, which depends sensitively on the nonlocal correlations between the superposed trajectories between the paths of the respective detectors.