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The conditional entropy power inequality for quantum additive noise channels

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Giacomo De Palma, Stefan Huber

We prove the quantum conditional entropy power inequality for quantum additive noise channels. This inequality lower bounds the quantum conditional entropy of the output of an additive noise channel in terms of the quantum conditional entropies of the input state and the noise when they are conditionally independent given the memory. We also show that this conditional entropy power inequality is optimal in the sense that we can achieve equality asymptotically by choosing a suitable sequence of Gaussian input states. We apply the conditional entropy power inequality to find an array of information-theoretic inequalities for conditional entropies which are the analogs of inequalities which have already been established in the unconditioned setting. Furthermore, we give a simple proof of the convergence rate of the quantum Ornstein-Uhlenbeck semigroup based on entropy power inequalities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122201
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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