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Local Gaussian operations can enhance continuous-variable entanglement distillation

By ShengLi Zhang and Peter van Loock


Entanglement distillation is a fundamental building block in long-distance quantum communication. Though known to be useless on their own for distilling Gaussian entangled states, local Gaussian operations may still help to improve non-Gaussian entanglement distillation schemes. Here we show that by applying local squeezing operations, both the performance and the efficiency of existing distillation protocols can be enhanced. We derive the optimal enhancement through local Gaussian unitaries, which can be obtained even in the most natural scenario when Gaussian mixed entangled states are shared after their distribution through a lossy-fiber communication channel.Comment: 4 figure

Topics: Quantum Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevA.84.062309
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