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A family of quantum protocols

Igor Devetak, Aram Harrow, Andreas Winter, A family of quantum protocols. Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, pp. 230504–. December 2004. No electronic version available. External information


We introduce three new quantum protocols involving noisy quantum channels and entangled states, and relate them operationally and conceptually with four well-known old protocols. Two of the new protocols (the mother and father) can generate the other five "child" protocols by direct application of teleportation and superdense coding, and can be derived in turn by making the old protocols "coherent." This gives very simple proofs for two famous old protocols (the hashing inequality and quantum channel capacity) and provides the basis for optimal trade-off curves in several quantum information processing tasks.

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