Quantum reference frames associated with noncompact groups: the case of translations and boosts and the role of mass

Alexander R. H. Smith, Marco Piani, Robert B. Mann

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    Abstract

    Quantum communication without a shared reference frame or the construction of a relational quantum theory requires the notion of a quantum reference frame. We analyze aspects of quantum reference frames associated with noncompact groups, specifically, the group of spatial translations and Galilean boosts. We begin by demonstrating how the usually employed group average, used to dispense of the notion of an external reference frame, leads to unphysical states when applied to reference frames associated with noncompact groups. However, we show that this average does lead naturally to a reduced state on the relative degrees of freedom of a system, which was previously considered by Angelo et al. [J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44, 145304 (2011) doi.org/10.1088/1751-8113/44/14/145304]. We then study in detail the informational properties of this reduced state for systems of two and three particles in Gaussian states.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012333
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    Volume94
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2016

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