Strings, black holes, the tripartite entanglement of seven qubits, and the Fano plane

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Recently it has been observed that the group E7 can be used to describe a special type of quantum entanglement of seven qubits partitioned into seven tripartite systems. Here we show that this curious type of entanglement is entirely encoded into the discrete geometry of the Fano plane. We explicitly work out the details concerning a qubit interpretation of the E7 generators as representatives of tripartite protocols acting on the 56-dimensional representation space. Using these results we extend further the recently studied analogy between quantum information theory and supersymmetric black holes in four-dimensional string theory. We point out that there is a dual relationship between entangled subsystems containing three and four tripartite systems. This relationship is reflected in the structure of the expressions for the black hole entropy in the N=4 and N=2 truncations of the E7(7) symmetric area form of N=8 supergravity. We conjecture that a similar picture based on other qubit systems might hold for black hole solutions in magic supergravities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024024
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - jan. 29 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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