Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1304.5931 (Karel Van Acoleyen et al.)

Entanglement rates and area laws    [PDF]

Karel Van Acoleyen, Michael Mariën, Frank Verstraete
We prove an upper bound on the maximal rate at which a Hamiltonian interaction can generate entanglement in a bipartite system. The scaling of this bound as a function of the subsystem dimension on which the Hamiltonian acts nontrivially is optimal and is exponentially improved over previously known bounds. As an application, we show that a gapped quantum many-body spin system on an arbitrary lattice satisfies an area law for the entanglement entropy if and only if any other state with which it is adiabatically connected (i.e. any state in the same phase) also satisfies an area law.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.5931

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