Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Mathematics

Pub Date

10-7-2016

Place of Publication

PHYSICAL REVIEW A

Volume

94

Issue

4

Abstract

In recent years, several measures have been proposed for characterizing the coherence of a given quantum state. We derive several results that illuminate how these measures behave when restricted to pure states. Notably, we present an explicit characterization of the closest incoherent state to a given pure state under the trace distance measure of coherence. We then use this result to show that the states maximizing the trace distance of coherence are exactly the maximally coherent states. We define the trace distance of entanglement and show that it coincides with the trace distance of coherence for pure states. Finally, we give an alternate proof to a recent result that the l(1) measure of coherence of a pure state is never smaller than its relative entropy of coherence.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.94.042313

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