Joint CAS-UIO seminar: Fred Shultz, Decomposing separable states

Fred Shultz, Wellesley College, USA will give a talk with title "Decomposing separable states".

This is the first in a joint seminar series organised by the Operator Algebra group (UiO), Several Complex Variable group (UiO) and the CAS group (  The plan is to have seminars every other week.  

Abstract: This talk will begin with a brief introduction to entanglement and its applications, since that motivates the mathematics to be discussed.  In the title of this talk, a state is a positive linear functional on the tensor product of the algebras of m x m and n x n complex matrices.  Such a state is separable if it is a convex combination of product states. An interesting open problem is to give a useful criterion for a state to be separable. A related problem is to give a systematic way to find a decomposition of a separable state into a convex combination of product states.  This talk will describe such a decomposition for a class of separable states that is of both physical and mathematical interest.  This decomposition is also applicable to a class of completely positive maps (which correspond to certain quantum channels). This is joint work with Erik Alfsen.  

Published Jan. 14, 2013 3:43 PM - Last modified Jan. 14, 2013 3:43 PM