The Communication Value of a Quantum Channel

Eric Chitambar, Ian George, Brian Doolittle, Marius Junge

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There are various ways to quantify the communication capabilities of a quantum channel. In this work we study the communication value (cv) of channel, which describes the optimal success probability of transmitting a randomly selected classical message over the channel. The cv also offers a dual interpretation as the classical communication cost for zero-error channel simulation using non-signaling resources. We first provide an entropic characterization of the cv as a generalized conditional min-entropy over the cone of separable operators. We evaluate the cv exactly for all qubit channels and the Werner-Holevo family of channels. The latter is shown to have non-multiplicative cv when d > 2. On the other hand, we prove that any pair of qubit channels have multiplicative cv when used in parallel. Even stronger, all entanglement-breaking channels and the partially depolarizing channel are shown to have multiplicative cv when used in parallel with any channel. We then turn to the entanglement-assisted cv and prove that it is equivalent to the conditional min-entropy of the Choi matrix of the channel. Combining with previous work on zero-error channel simulation, this implies that the entanglement-assisted cv is the classical communication cost for perfectly simulating a channel using quantum non-signaling resources. A final component of this work investigates relaxations of the channel cv to other cones such as the set of operators having a positive partial transpose (PPT).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665421591
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: Jun 26 2022Jul 1 2022

Publication series

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


Conference2022 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2022


  • Quantum communication
  • non-additivity
  • quantum entanglement
  • zero-error information theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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