Entanglement of assistance in three-qubit systems

Klee Pollock, Ge Wang, Eric Chitambar

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The entanglement of assistance quantifies the amount of entanglement that can be concentrated among a group of spatially separated parties using the assistance of some auxiliary system. In this paper we study the entanglement of assistance in the simplest scenario of three qubits. We consider how much entanglement is lost when the helper party becomes uncoupled by local measurement and classical communication. For three-qubit pure states, it is found that lossless decoupling is always possible when entanglement is quantified by the maximum probability of locally generating a Bell state. However, with respect to most other entanglement measures, such as concurrence and entanglement entropy, a lossless decoupling of the helper is possible only for a special family of states that we fully characterize.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032428
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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