Converse bounds for quantum and private communication over Holevo-Werner channels

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Werner states have a host of interesting properties, which often serve to illuminate the unusual properties of quantum information. Starting from these states, one may define a family of quantum channels, known as the Holevo-Werner channels, which themselves afford several unusual properties. In this paper we use the teleportation covariance of these channels to upper bound their two-way assisted quantum and secret-key capacities. This bound may be expressed in terms of relative entropy distances, such as the relative entropy of entanglement, and also in terms of the squashed entanglement. Most interestingly, we show that the relative entropy bounds are strictly sub-additive for a sub-class of the Holevo-Werner channels, so that their regularisation provides a tighter performance. These information-theoretic results are first found for point-to-point communication and then extended to repeater chains and quantum networks, under different types of routing strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number494001
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2018

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