Entanglement distillation for continuous variables in a thermal environment: Effectiveness of a non-Gaussian operation Academic Article uri icon


  • We study the task of distilling entanglement by a coherent superposition operation ta+ra applied to a continuous-variable state under a thermal noise. In particular, we compare the performances of two different strategies; i.e., the non-Gaussian operation ta+ra is applied before or after the noisy Gaussian channel. This is closely related to a fundamental problem of whether Gaussian or non-Gaussian entanglement can be more robust under a noisy channel and also provides a useful insight into the practical implementation of entanglement distribution for a long-distance quantum communication. We specifically look into two entanglement characteristics, the logarithmic negativity as a measure of entanglement and the teleportation fidelity as a usefulness of entanglement, for each distilled state. We find that the non-Gaussian operation after (before) the thermal noise becomes more effective in the low- (high-) temperature regime. 2013 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, J., & Nha, H.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Jaehak||Nha, Hyunchul

publication date

  • March 2013