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Title: Fragile entanglement statistics
Authors: Brody, DC
Hughston, LP
Meier, DM
Keywords: entanglement;statistical dependence;GHZ state
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: IOP
Citation: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 48(42): (2015)
Abstract: If X and Y are independent, Y and Z are independent, and so are X and Z, one might be tempted to conclude that X, Y, and Z are independent. But it has long been known in classical probability theory that, intuitive as it may seem, this is not true in general. In quantum mechanics one can ask whether analogous statistics can emerge for configurations of particles in certain types of entan- gled states. The explicit construction of such states, along with the specifi- cation of suitable sets of observables that have the purported statistical properties, is not entirely straightforward. We show that an example of such a configuration arises in the case of an N-particle GHZ state, and we are able to identify a family of observables with the property that the associated mea- surement outcomes are independent for any choice of 2, 3, 1⁄4, N - 1 of the particles, even though the measurement outcomes for all N particles are not independent. Although such states are highly entangled, the entanglement turns out to be ‘fragile’, i.e. the associated density matrix has the property that if one traces out the freedom associated with even a single particle, the resulting reduced density matrix is separable.
ISSN: 1751-8113
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mathematics Research Papers

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