In this work, we study an important facet of field theories in curved space-time, viz. the Unruh effect, by making use of ideas of statistical mechanics and quantum foundations. Aspects of decoherence and dissipation, natural artifacts of open quantum systems, along with foundational issues such as the trade-off between coherence and mixing as well as various aspects of quantum correlations are investigated in detail for the Unruh effect. We show how the Unruh effect can be quantified mathematically by the Choi matrix approach. We study how environmentally induced decoherence modifies the effect of the Unruh channel. The differing effects of a dissipative or non-dissipative environment are noted. Further, useful parameters characterizing channel performance such as gate and channel fidelity are applied here to the Unruh channel, both with and without external influences. Squeezing, which is known to play an important role in the context of particle creation, is shown to be a useful resource in a number of scenarios. © 2017, The Author(s).