Non-locality of non-Abelian anyons

G. K. Brennen, S. Lblisdir, J. K. Pachos, J. K. Slingerland

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Abstract

Entangled states of quantum systems can give rise to measurement correlations of separated observers that cannot be described by local hidden variable theories. Usually, it is assumed that entanglement between particles is generated due to some distance-dependent interaction. Yet anyonic particles in two dimensions have a nontrivial interaction that is purely topological in nature. In other words, it does not depend on the distance between two particles, but rather on their exchange history. The information encoded in anyons is inherently non-local even in the single subsystem level making the treatment of anyons nonconventional. We describe a protocol to reveal the non-locality of anyons in terms of correlations in the outcomes of measurements in two separated regions. This gives a clear operational measure of non-locality for anyonic states and it opens up the possibility to test Bell inequalities in quantum Hall liquids or spin lattices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103023
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2009

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