The inverse eigenvalue problem for quantum channels



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Wolf, Michael and Pérez García, David (2010) The inverse eigenvalue problem for quantum channels. (Submitted)

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Given a list of n complex numbers, when can it be the spectrum of a quantum channel, i.e., a completely positive trace preserving map? We provide an explicit solution for the n=4 case and show that in general the characterization of the non-zero part of the spectrum can essentially be given in terms of its classical counterpart - the non-zero spectrum of a stochastic matrix. A detailed comparison between the classical and quantum case is given. We discuss applications of our findings in the analysis of time-series and correlation functions and provide a general characterization of the peripheral spectrum, i.e., the set of eigenvalues of modulus one. We show that while the peripheral eigen-system has the same structure for all Schwarz maps, the constraints imposed on the rest of the spectrum change immediately if one departs from complete positivity.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Física matemática, Teoría cuántica, Teoría espectral, Quantum Physics, Mathematical Physics, Spectral Theory
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Mathematical physics
Sciences > Physics > Quantum theory
ID Code:12156
Deposited On:03 Feb 2011 08:33
Last Modified:04 Dec 2014 10:26

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