Activation of zero-error classical capacity in low-dimensional quantum systems

Jeonghoon Park, Jun Heo

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Channel capacities of quantum channels can be nonadditive even if one of two quantum channels has no channel capacity. We call this phenomenon activation of the channel capacity. In this paper, we show that when we use a quantum channel on a qubit system, only a noiseless qubit channel can generate the activation of the zero-error classical capacity. In particular, we show that the zero-error classical capacity of two quantum channels on qubit systems cannot be activated. Furthermore, we present a class of examples showing the activation of the zero-error classical capacity in low-dimensional systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062314
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 11

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are thankful Runyao Duan and Soojoon Lee for helpful comments. This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2016R1A6A3A11936376) and by the ICT Research and Development program of MSIP/IITP [R0190-15-2030, Reliable crypto-system standards and core technology development for secure quantum key distribution network].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American Physical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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