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Quantum benchmarking with realistic states of light

By Nathan Killoran, Mahdi Hosseini, Ben C. Buchler, Ping Koy Lam and Norbert Lütkenhaus


The goal of quantum benchmarking is to certify that imperfect quantum communication devices (e.g., quantum channels, quantum memories, quantum key distribution systems) can still be used for meaningful quantum communication. However, the test states used in quantum benchmarking experiments may be imperfect as well. Many quantum benchmarks are only valid for states which match some ideal form, such as pure states or Gaussian states. We outline how to perform quantum benchmarking using arbitrary states of light. We demonstrate these results using real data taken from a continuous-variable quantum memory.Comment: 14 pages, 3 figures. Updated to more closely match the published versio

Topics: Quantum Physics
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevA.86.022331
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