4 years ago

Superdensity Operators for Spacetime Quantum Mechanics.

Jordan Cotler, Frank Wilczek, Xiao-Liang Qi, Chao-Ming Jian

We introduce superdensity operators as a tool for analyzing quantum information in spacetime. Superdensity operators encode spacetime correlation functions in an operator framework, and support a natural generalization of Hilbert space techniques and Dirac's transformation theory as traditionally applied to standard density operators. Superdensity operators can be measured experimentally, but accessing their full content requires novel procedures. We demonstrate these statements on several examples. The superdensity formalism suggests useful definitions of spacetime entropies and spacetime quantum channels. For example, we show that the von Neumann entropy of a superdensity operator is related to a quantum generalization of the Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, and compute this for a many-body system. We also suggest experimental protocols for measuring spacetime entropies.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03119

DOI: arXiv:1711.03119v1

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