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Koukoulekidis N, Alexander R, Hebdige T, et al., 2021, The geometry of passivity for quantum states and a novel elementary derivation of the Gibbs state, Quantum: the open journal for quantum science, Vol: 5, Pages: 1-24, ISSN: 2521-327X
Passivity is a fundamental concept that constitutes a necessary condition for any quantum system to attain thermodynamic equilibrium, and for a notion of temperature to emerge. While extensive work has been done that exploits this, the transition from passivity at a single-shot level to the completely passive Gibbs state is technically clear but lacks a good over-arching intuition. Here, we reformulate passivity for quantum systems in purely geometric terms. This description makes the emergence of the Gibbs state from passive states entirely transparent. Beyond clarifying existing results, it also provides novel analysis for non-equilibrium quantum systems. We show that, to every passive state, one can associate a simple convex shape in a 2-dimensional plane, and that the area of this shape measures the degree to which the system deviates from the manifold of equilibrium states. This provides a novel geometric measure of athermality with relations to both ergotropy and β--athermality.
Jennings D, Cirstoiu C, Korzekwa K, 2020, Robustness of Noether's principle: maximal disconnects between conservation laws and symmetries in quantum theory, Physical Review X, Vol: 10, Pages: 041035 – 1-041035 – 41, ISSN: 2160-3308
To what extent does Noether’s principle apply to quantum channels? Here, we quantify the degreeto which imposing a symmetry constraint on quantum channels implies a conservation law, and showthat this relates to physically impossible transformations in quantum theory, such as time-reversaland spin-inversion. In this analysis, the convex structure and extremal points of the set of quantumchannels symmetric under the action of a Lie group G becomes essential. It allows us to derivebounds on the deviation from conservation laws under any symmetric quantum channel in terms ofthe deviation from closed dynamics as measured by the unitarity of the channel E. In particular,we investigate in detail the U(1) and SU(2) symmetries related to energy and angular momentumconservation laws. In the latter case, we provide fundamental limits on how much a spin-jA systemcan be used to polarise a larger spin-jB system, and on how much one can invert spin polarisationusing a rotationally-symmetric operation. Finally, we also establish novel links between unitarity,complementary channels and purity that are of independent interest.
Mingo EH, Jennings D, 2019, Decomposable coherence and quantum fluctuation relations, Quantum, Vol: 3, Pages: 202-202, ISSN: 2521-327X
In Newtonian mechanics, any closed-system dynamics of a composite system in a microstate will leave all its individual subsystems in distinct microstates, however this fails dramatically in quantum mechanics due to the existence of quantum entanglement. Here we introduce the notion of a `coherent work process', and show that it is the direct extension of a work process in classical mechanics into quantum theory. This leads to the notion of `decomposable' and `non-decomposable' quantum coherence and gives a new perspective on recent results in the theory of asymmetry as well as early analysis in the theory of classical random variables. Within the context of recent fluctuation relations, originally framed in terms of quantum channels, we show that coherent work processes play the same role as their classical counterparts, and so provide a simple physical primitive for quantum coherence in such systems. We also introduce a pure state effective potential as a tool with which to analyze the coherent component of these fluctuation relations, and which leads to a notion of temperature-dependent mean coherence, provides connections with multi-partite entanglement, and gives a hierarchy of quantum corrections to the classical Crooks relation in powers of inverse temperature.
Holmes Z, Weidt S, Jennings D, et al., 2019, Coherent fluctuation relations: from the abstract to the concrete, Quantum, Vol: 3, ISSN: 2521-327X
Recent studies using the quantum information theoretic approach to thermodynamics show that the presence of coherence in quantum systems generates corrections to classical fluctuation theorems. To explicate the physical origins and implications of such corrections, we here convert an abstract framework of an autonomous quantum Crooks relation into quantum Crooks equalities for well-known coherent, squeezed and cat states. We further provide a proposal for a concrete experimental scenario to test these equalities. Our scheme consists of the autonomous evolution of a trapped ion and uses a position dependent AC Stark shift.
Hebdige T, Jennings D, 2019, On the classification of two-qubit group orbits and the use of coarse-grained 'shape' as a superselection property, Quantum, Vol: 3, ISSN: 2521-327X
Recently a complete set of entropic conditions has been derived for the interconversion structure of states under quantum operations that respect a specified symmetry action, however the core structure of these conditions is still only partially understood. Here we develop a coarse-grained description with the aim of shedding light on both the structure and the complexity of this general problem. Specifically, we consider the degree to which one can associate a basic `shape' property to a quantum state or channel that captures coarse-grained data either for state interconversion or for the use of a state within a simulation protocol. We provide a complete solution for the two-qubit case under the rotation group, give analysis for the more general case and discuss possible extensions of the approach.
Gour G, Jennings D, Buscemi F, et al., 2018, Quantum majorization and a complete set of entropic conditions for quantum thermodynamics, Nature Communications, Vol: 9, ISSN: 2041-1723
What does it mean for one quantum process to be more disordered than another? Interestingly,this apparently abstract question arises naturally in a wide range of areas such as information the-ory, thermodynamics, quantum reference frames and the resource theory of asymmetry. Here weuse a quantum-mechanical generalization of majorization to develop a framework for answering thisquestion, in terms of single-shot entropies, or equivalently, in terms of semi-definite programs. Wealso investigate some of the applications of this framework, and remarkably find that, in the contextof quantum thermodynamics it provides the first complete set of necessary and sufficient conditionsfor arbitrary quantum state transformations under thermodynamic processes, which rigorously ac-counts for quantum-mechanical properties, such as coherence. Our framework of generalized thermalprocesses extends thermal operations, and is based on natural physical principles, namely, energyconservation, the existence of equilibrium states, and the requirement that quantum coherence beaccounted for thermodynamically.
Kwon H, Jeong H, Jennings D, et al., 2018, Clock-work trade-off relation for coherence in quantum thermodynamics, Physical Review Letters, Vol: 120, ISSN: 0031-9007
In thermodynamics, quantum coherences—superpositions between energy eigenstates—behave in distinctly nonclassical ways. Here we describe how thermodynamic coherence splits into two kinds—“internal” coherence that admits an energetic value in terms of thermodynamic work, and “external” coherence that does not have energetic value, but instead corresponds to the functioning of the system as a quantum clock. For the latter form of coherence, we provide dynamical constraints that relate to quantum metrology and macroscopicity, while for the former, we show that quantum states exist that have finite internal coherence yet with zero deterministic work value. Finally, under minimal thermodynamic assumptions, we establish a clock–work trade-off relation between these two types of coherences. This can be viewed as a form of time-energy conjugate relation within quantum thermodynamics that bounds the total maximum of clock and work resources for a given system.
Hinds Mingo E, Guryanova Y, Faist P, et al., 2018, Quantum Thermodynamics with Multiple Conserved Quantities, Vol: 195, Pages: 751-771, ISSN: 0168-1222
In this chapter we address the topic of quantum thermodynamics in the presence of additional observables beyond the energy of the system. In particular we discuss the special role that the generalized Gibbs ensemble plays in this theory, and derive this state from the perspectives of a micro-canonical ensemble, dynamical typicality and a resource-theory formulation. A notable obstacle occurs when some of the observables do not commute, and so it is impossible for the observables to simultaneously take on sharp microscopic values. We show how this can be circumvented, discuss information-theoretic aspects of the setting, and explain how thermodynamic costs can be traded between the different observables. Finally, we discuss open problems and future directions for the topic.
Sparaciari C, Jennings D, Oppenheim J, 2017, Energetic instability of passive states in thermodynamics, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 8, ISSN: 2041-1723
Passivity is a fundamental concept in thermodynamics that demands a quantum system’s energy cannot be lowered by any reversible, unitary process acting on the system. In the limit of many such systems, passivity leads in turn to the concept of complete passivity, thermal states and the emergence of a thermodynamic temperature. Here we only consider a single system and show that every passive state except the thermal state is unstable under a weaker form of reversibility. Indeed, we show that given a single copy of any athermal quantum state, an optimal amount of energy can be extracted from it when we utilise a machine that operates in a reversible cycle. This means that for individual systems, the only form of passivity that is stable under general reversible processes is complete passivity, and thus provides a physically motivated identification of thermal states when we are not operating in the thermodynamic limit.
Lostaglio M, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2017, Thermodynamic resource theories, non-commutativity and maximum entropy principles, NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, Vol: 19, ISSN: 1367-2630
We discuss some features of thermodynamics in the presence of multiple conserved quantities. We prove a generalisation of Landauer principle illustrating tradeoffs between the erasure costs paid in different 'currencies'. We then show how the maximum entropy and complete passivity approaches give different answers in the presence of multiple observables. We discuss how this seems to prevent current resource theories from fully capturing thermodynamic aspects of non-commutativity.
The interplay between quantum-mechanical properties, such as coherence,and classical notions, such as energy, is a subtle topic at the forefront of quantumthermodynamics. The traditional Carnot argument limits the conversion of heat towork; here we critically assess the problem of converting coherence to work. Through acareful account of all resources involved in the thermodynamic transformations withina fully quantum-mechanical treatment, we show that there exist thermal machinesextracting work from coherence arbitrarily well. Such machines only need to act onindividual copies of a state and can be reused. On the other hand, we show thatfor any thermal machine with finite resources not all the coherence of a state can beextracted as work. However, even bounded thermal machines can be reused infinitelymany times in the process of work extraction from coherence.
Frenzel MF, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2016, Quasi-autonomous quantum thermal machines and quantum to classical energy flow, New Journal of Physics, Vol: 18, ISSN: 1367-2630
There are both practical and foundational motivations to consider the thermodynamics of quantumsystems at small scales. Here we address the issue of autonomous quantum thermal machinesthat are tailored to achieve some specific thermodynamic primitive, such as work extraction in thepresence of a thermal environment, while having minimal or no control from the macroscopic regime.Beyond experimental implementations, this provides an arena in which to address certain foundationalaspects such as the role of coherence in thermodynamics, the use of clock degrees of freedomand the simulation of local time-dependent Hamiltonians in a particular quantum subsystem. Forsmall-scale systems additional issues arise. Firstly, it is not clear to what degree genuine orderedthermodynamic work has been extracted, and secondly non-trivial back-actions on the thermal machinemust be accounted for. We find that both these aspects can be resolved through a judiciouschoice of quantum measurements that magnify thermodynamic properties up the ladder of lengthscales,while simultaneously stabilizing the quantum thermal machine. Within this framework weshow that thermodynamic reversibility is obtained in a particular Zeno limit, and finally illustratethese concepts with a concrete example involving spin-systems.
Jevtic S, Jennings D, Rudolph T, et al., 2015, Exchange Fluctuation Theorem for correlated quantum systems, Physical Review E, Vol: 92, Pages: 042113-1-042113-12, ISSN: 1539-3755
We extend the Exchange Fluctuation Theorem for energy exchange betweenthermal quantum systems beyond the assumption of molecular chaos, and describethe non-equilibrium exchange dynamics of correlated quantum states. Therelation quantifies how the tendency for systems to equilibrate is modified inhigh-correlation environments. Our results elucidate the role of measurementdisturbance for such scenarios. We show a simple application by finding asemi-classical maximum work theorem in the presence of correlations.
Dale H, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2015, Provable quantum advantage in randomness processing, Nature Communications, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2041-1723
Quantum advantage is notoriously hard to find and even harder to prove. For example the class of functions computable with classical physics exactly coincides with the class computable quantum mechanically. It is strongly believed, but not proven, that quantum computing provides exponential speed-up for a range of problems, such as factoring. Here we address a computational scenario of randomness processing in which quantum theory provably yields, not only resource reduction over classical stochastic physics, but a strictly larger class of problems which can be solved. Beyond new foundational insights into the nature and malleability of randomness, and the distinction between quantum and classical information, these results also offer the potential of developing classically intractable simulations with currently accessible quantum technologies.
Jennings D, Leifer M, 2015, No return to classical reality, Contemporary Physics, Vol: 57, Pages: 60-82, ISSN: 0010-7514
At a fundamental level, the classical picture of the world is dead, and has been dead now for almost a century. Pinning down exactly which quantum phenomena are responsible for this has proved to be a tricky and controversial question, but a lot of progress has been made in the past few decades. We now have a range of precise statements showing that whatever the ultimate laws of nature are, they cannot be classical. In this article, we review results on the fundamental phenomena of quantum theory that cannot be understood in classical terms. We proceed by first granting quite a broad notion of classicality, describe a range of quantum phenomena (such as randomness, discreteness, the indistinguishability of states, measurement-uncertainty, measurement-disturbance, complementarity, non-commutativity, interference, the no-cloning theorem and the collapse of the wave-packet) that do fall under its liberal scope, and then finally describe some aspects of quantum physics that can never admit a classical understanding – the intrinsically quantum mechanical aspects of nature. The most famous of these is Bell’s theorem, but we also review two more recent results in this area. Firstly, Hardy’s theorem shows that even a finite-dimensional quantum system must contain an infinite amount of information, and secondly, the Pusey–Barrett–Rudolph theorem shows that the wave function must be an objective property of an individual quantum system. Besides being of foundational interest, results of this sort now find surprising practical applications in areas such as quantum information science and the simulation of quantum systems.
Milne A, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2015, Geometric representation of two-qubit entanglement witnesses, PHYSICAL REVIEW A, Vol: 92, ISSN: 1050-2947
Jennings D, Brockt C, Osborne T, et al., 2015, Continuum tensor network field states, path integral representations and spatial symmetries, New Journal of Physics, Vol: 17, ISSN: 1367-2630
Jennings E, Jennings D, 2015, Non-linear stochastic growth rates and redshift space distortions, MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, Vol: 449, Pages: 3407-3419, ISSN: 0035-8711
Lostaglio M, Korzekwa K, Jennings D, et al., 2015, Quantum coherence, time-translation symmetry, and thermodynamics, Physical Review X, Vol: 5, ISSN: 2160-3308
The first law of thermodynamics imposes not just a constraint on the energy content of systems in extreme quantum regimes but also symmetry constraints related to the thermodynamic processing of quantum coherence. We show that this thermodynamic symmetry decomposes any quantum state into mode operators that quantify the coherence present in the state. We then establish general upper and lower bounds for the evolution of quantum coherence under arbitrary thermal operations, valid for any temperature. We identify primitive coherence manipulations and show that the transfer of coherence between energy levels manifests irreversibility not captured by free energy. Moreover, the recently developed thermomajorization relations on block-diagonal quantum states are observed to be special cases of this symmetry analysis.
Lostaglio R, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2015, Description of quantum coherence in thermodynamic processes requires constraints beyond free energy, Nature Communications, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2041-1723
Recent studies have developed fundamental limitations on nanoscale thermodynamics, in terms of a set of independent free energy relations. Here we show that free energy relations cannot properly describe quantum coherence in thermodynamic processes. By casting time-asymmetry as a quantifiable, fundamental resource of a quantum state, we arrive at an additional, independent set of thermodynamic constraints that naturally extend the existing ones. These asymmetry relations reveal that the traditional Szilárd engine argument does not extend automatically to quantum coherences, but instead only relational coherences in a multipartite scenario can contribute to thermodynamic work. We find that coherence transformations are always irreversible. Our results also reveal additional structural parallels between thermodynamics and the theory of entanglement.
Milne A, Jevtic S, Jennings D, et al., 2015, Corrigendum: Quantum steering ellipsoids, extremal physical states and monogamy (2014 New J. Phys. 16 083017), New Journal of Physics, Vol: 17, ISSN: 1367-2630
Frenzel MF, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2014, Reexamination of pure qubit work extraction, Physical Review E, Vol: 90, ISSN: 1539-3755
Many work extraction or information erasure processes in the literature involve the raising and loweringof energy levels via external fields. But even if the actual system is treated quantum mechanically, the fieldis assumed to be classical and of infinite strength, hence not developing any correlations with the system orexperiencing back-actions. We extend these considerations to a fully quantum mechanical treatment by studyinga spin-1/2 particle coupled to a finite-sized directional quantum reference frame, a spin-l system, which modelsan external field. With this concrete model together with a bosonic thermal bath, we analyze the back-actiona finite-size field suffers during a quantum-mechanical work extraction process and the effect this has on theextractable work and highlight a range of assumptions commonly made when considering such processes. Thewell-known semiclassical treatment of work extraction from a pure qubit predicts a maximum extractable workW = kT log 2 for a quasistatic process, which holds as a strict upper bound in the fully quantum mechanical caseand is attained only in the classical limit. We also address the problem of emergent local time dependence in ajoint system with a globally fixed Hamiltonian.
Milne A, Jennings D, Jevtic S, et al., 2014, Quantum correlations of two-qubit states with one maximally mixed marginal, PHYSICAL REVIEW A, Vol: 90, ISSN: 1050-2947
Milne A, Jevtic S, Jennings D, et al., 2014, Quantum steering ellipsoids, extremal physical states and monogamy, New Journal of Physics, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1367-2630
Any two-qubit state can be faithfully represented by a steering ellipsoid inside the Bloch sphere, but not every ellipsoid inside the Bloch sphere corresponds to a two-qubit state. We give necessary and sufficient conditions for when the geometric data describe a physical state and investigate maximal volume ellipsoids lying on the physical-unphysical boundary. We derive monogamy relations for steering that are strictly stronger than the Coffman?Kundu?Wootters (CKW) inequality for monogamy of concurrence. The CKW result is thus found to follow from the simple perspective of steering ellipsoid geometry. Remarkably, we can also use steering ellipsoids to derive non-trivial results in classical Euclidean geometry, extending Euler?s inequality for the circumradius and inradius of a triangle.
McConnell G, Jennings D, 2014, ON THE SPECTRAL DEPENDENCE OF SEPARABLE AND CLASSICAL CORRELATIONS IN SMALL QUANTUM SYSTEMS, QUANTUM INFORMATION & COMPUTATION, Vol: 14, Pages: 857-887, ISSN: 1533-7146
Korzekwa K, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2014, Operational constraints on state-dependent formulations of quantum error-disturbance trade-off relations, PHYSICAL REVIEW A, Vol: 89, ISSN: 1050-2947
Korzekwa K, Lostaglio M, Jennings D, et al., 2014, Quantum and classical entropic uncertainty relations, PHYSICAL REVIEW A, Vol: 89, ISSN: 1050-2947
Ahmadi M, Jennings D, Rudolph T, 2013, The Wigner-Araki-Yanase theorem and the quantum resource theory of asymmetry, New Journal of Physics, Vol: 15, ISSN: 1367-2630
The Wigner–Araki–Yanase (WAY) theorem establishes an importantconstraint that conservation laws impose on quantum mechanical measurements.We formulate the WAY theorem in the broader context of resource theories,where one is constrained to a subset of quantum mechanical operations describedby a symmetry group. Establishing connections with the theory of quantumstate discrimination we obtain optimal unitaries describing the measurementof arbitrary observables, explain how prior information can permit perfectmeasurements that circumvent the WAY constraint, and provide a frameworkthat establishes a natural ordering on measurement apparatuses through adecomposition into asymmetry and charge subsystems.
Lewis PG, Jennings D, Barrett J, et al., 2012, Distinct Quantum States Can Be Compatible with a Single State of Reality, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, Vol: 109, ISSN: 0031-9007
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