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An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Quantum Information Theory: Present Status and Future Directions

A new inequality for the von Neumann entropy

27th August 2004

Author: N. Linden (Bristol)


Strong subadditivity of von Neumann entropy, proved in 1973 by Lieb and Ruskai, is a cornerstone of quantum coding theory. All other known inequalities for entropies of quantum systems may be derived from it. I will describe some work with Andreas Winter in which we prove a new inequality for the von Neumann entropy which is independent of strong subadditivity. This work sheds light on extremal types of entanglement for multi-party quantum states.