Entropic and Operational Characterizations of Dynamic Quantum Resources

Kaiyuan Ji, Eric Chitambar

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Dynamic quantum resource theories study the manipulation of quantum channels by means of a restricted set of free superoperations. In this paper, we formulate general dynamic resource theories using a "top-down"framework, and we provide systematic characterizations for closed and convex resource theories from both information-theoretic and operational perspectives. Our results are summarized as follows. First, we propose and investigate a branch of resource-induced measures of uncertainty, called the free conditional min-entropy (FCME), generalizing the conditional min-entropy and its dynamic extension to scenarios where information processing is subject to variable operational restriction. We provide a complete set of entropic conditions in terms of the FCME for characterizing channel convertibility via free superoperations in any closed and convex resource theory. We also find that the resource global robustness of channels can be equivalently cast as a mutual-information-like quantity derived from the FCME, thereby offering the resource global robustness an information-theoretic interpretation. Apart from the entropic approach, we also study closed and convex resource theories in the contexts of various operational tasks. These tasks are formulated such that each of them induces a complete set of operationally meaningful resource monotones, and therefore they can be used to faithfully test free convertibility between channels. We also systematically study the quantitative relations between the operational advantage of channels in these tasks and the resource robustness measures of channels. In particular, we prove that every well-defined robustness-based measure can be operationally interpreted as some kind of advantage in a task called semiquantum partial preprocessing. Ultimately, our results provide both entropic and operational characterizations for general dynamic quantum resources with a closed and convex structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665475549
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Jun 25 2023Jun 30 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2023 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2023
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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