Bound entanglement

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Bound entanglement is a weak form of quantum entanglement, from which no singlets can be distilled with local operations and classical communication (LOCC).

Bound entanglement was discovered by M. Horodecki, P. Horodecki, and R. Horodecki. Bipartite entangled states that have a non-negative partial transpose are all bound-entangled. Moreover, a particular quantum state for 2x4 systems has been presented.[1] Such states are not detected by the Peres-Horodecki criterion as entangled, thus other entanglement criteria are needed for their detection. There are a number of examples for such states.[2][3][4][5]

There are also multipartite entangled states that have a negative partial transpose with respect to some bipartitions, while they have a positive partial transpose to the other partitions, nevertheless, they are undistillable.[6]

The possible existence of bipartite bound entangled states with a negative partial transpose is still under intensive study.[7]

Properties of bound entangled states with a positive partial transpose[edit]

Next, we concentrate on states with a positive partial transpose.

Bipartite bound entangled states do not exist in 2x2 or 2x3 systems, only in larger ones.

Rank-2 bound entangled states do not exist.[8]

Bipartite bound entangled states with a positive partial transpose are useless for teleportation, as they cannot lead to a larger fidelity than the classical limit.[9]

Strong evidence has been presented that bound entangled states with a positive partial transpose in 3x3 systems have a Schmidt number 2.[10]

It has been shown that bipartite bound entangled states with a positive partial transpose exist in symmetric systems. It has also been shown that in symmetric systems multipartite bound entangled states exists for which all partial transposes are non-negative.[11][12]

Asher Peres conjectured that bipartite bound entangled states with positive partial transpose cannot violate a Bell inequality.[13] After a long search for counterexamples, the conjecture turned out to be false.[14]

While no singlets can be distilled from bound entangled state, they can be still useful for some quantum information processing applications. Bound entanglement can be activated.[15] Any entangled state can enhance the teleportation power of some other state. This holds even if the state is bound entangled.[16] Bipartite entangled states with a non-negative partial transpose can be more useful for quantum metrology than separable states.[17]


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