Dynamical Resource Theory of Informational Nonequilibrium Preservability

Benjamin J Stratton*, Chung-Yun Hsieh, Paul Skrzypczyk

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Information is instrumental in our understanding of thermodynamics. Their interplay has been studied through completely degenerate Hamiltonians whereby the informational contributions to thermodynamic transformations can be isolated. In this setting, all states other than the maximally mixed state are considered to be in informational non-equilibrium. An important yet still open question is: how to characterise the ability of quantum dynamics to preserve informational non-equilibrium? Here, the dynamical resource theory of informational non-equilibrium preservability is introduced to begin providing an answer to this question. A characterisation of the allowed operations is given for qubit channels and the n-dimensional Weyl-covariant channels - a physically relevant subset of the general channels. An operational interpretation of a state discrimination game with Bell state measurements is given. Finally, an explicit link between a channel's classical capacity and its ability to preserve informational non-equilibrium is made.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110202
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2024

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Structured keywords

  • QITG
  • Bristol Quantum Information Institute


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