Complementarity in quantum systems

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Abstract

Reduction of a state of a quantum system to a subsystem gives partial quantum information about the true state of the total system. Two subalgebras A1 and A2 of B(H) are called complementary if the traceless subspaces of A1 and A2 are orthogonal (with respect to the Hilbert Schmidt inner product). When both subalgebras are maximal Abelian, then the concept reduces to complementary observables or mutually unbiased bases. In the paper several characterizations of complementary subalgebras are given in the general case and several examples are presented. For a 4-level quantum system, the structure of complementary subalgebras can be described very well, the Cartan decomposition of unitaries plays a role. It turns out that a measurement corresponding to the Bell basis is complementary to any local measurement of the two-qubit system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalReports on Mathematical Physics
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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Keywords

  • Bell states
  • CAR algebra
  • Cartan decomposition
  • commuting squares
  • complementarity
  • entropic uncertainty relation
  • mutually unbiased basis

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  • Mathematical Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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