Quantum Information

This series consists of talks in the area of Quantum Information Theory.

Seminar Series Events/Videos

Jan 20 2016 - 4:00pm
Room #: 301
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Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

An essential component of scalable quantum computing is the ability to reliably protect quantum information from decoherence. Such protection can in principle be achieved via the use of quantum error correcting codes.

We discuss a construction to obtain families of quantum codes based on regular tilings of surfaces with constant negative curvature. This construction results in two-dimensional quantum codes whose tradeoff between encoding rate and protection is more favorable than for the standard surface code.

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Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Quantum key distribution protocols can be based on
quantum error correcting codes, where the structure of the code determines the
post processing protocol applied to a raw key produced by BB84 or a similar
scheme.  Luo and Devetak showed that
basing a similar protocol on entanglement-assisted quantum error-correcting
codes (EAQECCs) leads to quantum key expansion (QKE) protocols, where some
amount of previously shared secret key is used as a seed in the post-processing

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Thursday Jan 31, 2013

quantum information theory, random techniques have proven to be very useful.
For example, many questions related to the problem of the additivity of
entropies of quantum channels rely on fine properties of concentration of

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Monday Dec 17, 2012

In this talk I will sketch a project which aims at the
design of systematic and efficient procedures to infer quantum models from
measured data. Progress in experimental control have enabled an increasingly
fine tuned probing of the quantum nature of matter, e.g., in superconducting
qubits. Such experiments have shown that we not always have a good
understanding of how to model the experimentally performed measurements via
POVMs. It turns out that the ad hoc postulation of POVMs can lead to

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Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

It is widely known in the
quantum information community that the states that satisfy strong subadditivity
of entropy with equality have the form of quantum Markov chain. Based on a
recent strengthening of strong subadditivity of entropy, I will describe how
such structure can be exploited in the studies of gapped quantum many-body
system. In particular, I will describe a diagrammatic trick to i) give a
quantitative statement about the locality of entanglement spectrum ii)

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Thursday Dec 06, 2012

A "one-time program" for a channel C is a
hypothetical cryptographic primitive by which a user may evaluate C on only one
input state of her choice.  (Think Mission Impossible: "this tape
will self-destruct in five seconds.")  One-time programs cannot be
achieved without extra assumptions such as secure hardware; it is known that
one-time programs can be constructed for classical channels using a very basic
hypothetical hardware device called a "one-time memory".


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Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

We study the robustness of quantum information stored in
the degenerate ground space of a local, frustration-free Hamiltonian with
commuting terms on a 2D spin lattice. On one hand, a macroscopic energy barrier
separating the distinct ground states under local transformations would protect
the information from thermal fluctuations. On the other hand, local topological
order would shield the ground space from static perturbations.

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Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

Self-testing a multipartite quantum state means verifying
the existence of the state based on the outcomes of unknown or untrusted

This concept is important in device-independent quantum