One-Shot Coherence Distillation: Towards Completing the Picture

Qi Zhao, Yunchao Liu, Xiao Yuan, Eric Chitambar, Andreas Winter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The resource framework of quantum coherence was introduced by Baumgratz, Cramer, and Plenio [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 140401 (2014)] and further developed by Winter and Yang [Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 120404 (2016)]. We consider the one-shot problem of distilling pure coherence from a single instance of a given resource state. Specifically, we determine the distillable coherence with a given fidelity under incoherent operations (IO) through a generalization of the Winter-Yang protocol. This is compared to the distillable coherence under maximal incoherent operations (MIO) and dephasing-covariant incoherent operations (DIO), which can be cast as a semidefinite programme, that has been presented previously by Regula et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 010401 (2018)]. Our results are given in terms of a smoothed min-relative entropy distance from the incoherent set of states, and a variant of the hypothesis-testing relative entropy distance, respectively. The one-shot distillable coherence is also related to one-shot randomness extraction. Moreover, from the one-shot formulas under IO, MIO, and DIO, we can recover the optimal distillable rate in the many-copy asymptotics, yielding the relative entropy of coherence. These results can be compared with previous work by some of the present authors [Zhao et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 070403 (2018)] on one-shot coherence formation under IO, MIO, DIO and also SIO. This shows that the amount of distillable coherence is essentially the same for IO, DIO, and MIO, despite the fact that the three classes of operations are very different. We also relate the distillable coherence under strictly incoherent operations (SIO) to a constrained hypothesis testing problem and explicitly show the existence of bound coherence under SIO in the asymptotic regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8691620
Pages (from-to)6441-6453
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • Quantum coherence
  • coherence distillation
  • one-shot
  • quantum resource theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'One-Shot Coherence Distillation: Towards Completing the Picture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this