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PHYSICAL REVIEW A 80, 062313 共2009兲
Capacity of a bosonic memory channel with Gauss-Markov noise
Joachim Schäfer, David Daems, and Evgueni Karpov
QuIC, Ecole Polytechnique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 165, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Nicolas J. Cerf
QuIC, Ecole Polytechnique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 165, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
and Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
共Received 8 July 2009; published 7 December 2009兲
We address the classical capacity of a quantum bosonic memory channel with additive noise, subject to an
input energy constraint. The memory is modeled by correlated noise emerging from a Gauss-Markov process.
Under reasonable assumptions, we show that the optimal modulation results from a “quantum water-filling”
solution above a certain input energy threshold, similar to the optimal modulation for parallel classical Gaussian channels. We also derive analytically the optimal multimode input state above this threshold, which enables
us to compute the capacity of this memory channel in the limit of an infinite number of modes. The method can
also be applied to a more general noise environment which is constructed by a stationary Gauss process. The
extension of our results to the case of broadband bosonic channels with colored Gaussian noise should also be
straightforward.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.80.062313
PACS number共s兲: 03.67.Hk, 89.70.Kn, 03.67.Bg, 03.67.Mn
I. INTRODUCTION
The growing importance of quantum communication motivates a strong research activity on quantum channels. The
classical capacity of a communication channel is defined as
the supremum of the rate of classical information that can be
transmitted via the channel. An important question for quantum channels is whether or not entangling the channel inputs
may improve the transmission rate. The additivity conjecture
proven to be true for some memoryless quantum channels
共see 关1兴 and references herein兲 implies that entanglement
does not improve the transmission rate. Although this conjecture was disproved recently for another class of channels
in Ref. 关2兴, it remains an interesting question in itself to
determine whether entanglement helps or not to achieve the
capacity. In particular, it was shown for some channels with
memory, where the environment exhibits a correlation between subsequent uses of the channel, that the transmission
rate can be increased by using entangled input states.
In the case of a quantum memory channel with discrete
alphabet, the first studies of the classical capacity considered
a depolarizing channel 关3兴 and a quasiclassical depolarizing
channel 关4兴 and showed the existence of a threshold on the
degree of memory above which entangled signals improve
the transmission rate with respect to product states. Further
studies 关5,6兴 on a qubit channel with finite memory derived
bounds on the classical and quantum capacities. In Ref. 关7兴,
the classical and quantum capacities were discussed in a general framework, where furthermore, a malicious third party
may have control of the initializing memory. The case of
general Pauli channels with memory was studied explicitly
in Ref. 关8兴, where it was shown that the optimal states are
either product states or Bell states separated by a memory
threshold. The behavior of channels with correlated error
was connected to quantum phase transitions in many-body
systems in Ref. 关9兴. The quantum capacity of a dephasing
channel was computed in Ref. 关10兴, where an enhancement
of the capacity with increasing memory was proven. For
1050-2947/2009/80共6兲/062313共11兲
higher dimensions, it has been shown that the capacity of
qudit channels exhibits the same threshold phenomenon as
Pauli qubit channels 关11,12兴.
For a quantum channel with continuous alphabet, it was
first shown for an additive bosonic channel and a lossy
bosonic channel, respectively 关13,14兴, that in the presence of
a memory, some degree of entanglement between the input
states is necessary to achieve the capacity, which is in contrast to the behavior reported for discrete quantum channels.
Indeed, the optimal input states correspond to EinsteinPodolski-Rosen 共EPR兲 states with finite squeezing which increases with the degree of memory, in contrary to either
maximally or nonentangled states in the discrete case. A
lossy bosonic channel with correlated environment and an
input energy constraint has been studied 关15–17兴. Lower and
upper bounds for the classical capacity were derived in Ref.
关14兴 and the capacity was calculated in Refs. 关15–17兴.
In this paper, we discuss a bosonic memory channel with
additive noise modeled by a Gauss-Markov process. We
present an extension of the model of Ref. 关13兴, where two
uses of a bosonic additive channel with correlated noise were
treated, to the case of n channel uses with Gauss-Markov
noise. We determine the classical capacity of the channel in
the asymptotic limit.
In Sec. II, we recall the definition of the classical capacity
of quantum channels and specify the model of the channel
under an input energy constraint. Section III is devoted to the
treatment of a monomodal channel with phase-dependent
noise where the quantum water-filling emerges as optimal
solution. In Sec. IV, we introduce the method for finding the
capacity and apply it to the Gauss-Markov memory. Under
reasonable assumptions, we determine the optimal solution
as a global water-filling solution and obtain the classical capacity of the channel. Section V treats the capacity in several
limiting cases: the limit of full correlations, the classical
limit, the case of a modified thermal noise, and the transition
from finite to infinite uses.
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II. BOSONIC ADDITIVE CHANNEL
In order to send classical information through a quantum
channel, one chooses an alphabet and associates its letters to
quantum states ␳in
i , where index i labels the letters of the
alphabet. The input states sent through the channel interact
with the environment and thus are modified at the output.
The action of the channel T is a completely positive, tracepreserving map acting on the input states ␳in
i ,
in
␳out
i = T关␳i 兴.
Let us now assume T共n兲 to be a n-mode bosonic additive
channel with memory. In the following, the number of modes
of this channel corresponds to the number of monomodal
channel uses. Each mode j is associated with the annihilation
and creation operators a j , a†j , respectively, or equivalently to
the quadrature operators q j = 共a j + a†j 兲 / 冑2 , p j = i共a j − a†j 兲 / 冑2
which obey the canonical commutation relation 关qi , p j兴 = i␦ij,
where ␦ij denotes the Kronecker delta. By ordering the
quadratures in a column vector
共1兲
In the messages, each letter appears with a certain probability
pi so that the overall modulated input state is described as a
mixture
␳in = 兺 pi␳in
i .
R = 共q1, . . . ,qn ;p1, . . . ,pn兲T ,
we can define the displacement vector m and covariance matrix ␥ of a n-mode state ␳ as
m = Tr关␳R兴
共2兲
1
␥ = Tr关共R − m兲␳共R − m兲T兴 − J,
2
i
By linearity of T, Eq. 共1兲 determines as well the action of the
channel on the overall modulated input 共2兲, that is,
¯␳ ⬅ 兺
pi␳out
i =
T关␳ 兴,
in
where
共3兲
J=i
i
where we will refer to ¯␳ as the overall modulated output. In
order for the overall modulated input to be physical, it has to
obey the energy constraint
兺i pi Tr共␳ini a†a兲 ⱕ n̄,
共4兲
where n̄ is the maximum mean photon number per use of the
channel and will be referred to as “input energy” in the
following.
The classical capacity C共T兲 of the channel T represents
the supremum on the amount of classical bits which can be
transmitted per invocation of the channel via quantum states
in the limit of an infinite number of channel uses. This quantity can be calculated with the help of the so-called one-shot
capacity, defined as in 关18兴,
C1共T兲 = sup ␹ ,
␳in
i ,pi
共5兲
冉兺
i
冊
in
piT关␳in
i 兴 − 兺 piS共T关␳i 兴兲,
W␣in共R兲 =
共6兲
i
with the von Neumann entropy S共␳兲 = −Tr共␳ log ␳兲 where log
denotes the logarithm to base 2. The supremum in Eq. 共5兲 is
taken over all ensembles of 兵pi , ␳in
i 其 of probability distributions pi and pure input “letter” states ␳in
i 关18兴.
The term “one-shot” means that only one invocation of T
is needed to calculate Eq. 共5兲. Using this quantity, the capacity C共T兲 defined as above may be evaluated in the following
way. A number n of consecutive uses of the channel T can be
equivalently considered as one parallel n-mode channel T共n兲,
which is used only one time. Then the capacity C共T兲 is
evaluated in the limit
1
C共T兲 = lim C1共T共n兲兲.
n→⬁ n
共7兲
共9兲
冉 冊
0
1
共10兲
−1 0
is the symplectic or commutation matrix with the n ⫻ n identity matrix 1. In this paper, we focus on Gaussian states,
which are fully characterized by m and ␥. Furthermore,
without loss of generality, we set the displacement of overall
modulated states and the means of classical Gaussian distributions to zero because displacements do not change the
entropy.
For the bosonic channel, the encoding of classical information is made by using a continuous alphabet, where the
previous discrete letter with index i is replaced by the real
and imaginary parts of a complex number ␣. A message of
length n is therefore encoded in a 2n real column vector ␣
= 共Re兵␣1其 , Re兵␣2其 , . . . , Re兵␣n其 , Im兵␣1其 , . . . , Im兵␣n其兲T. Physically, this encoding corresponds to a displacement of the
n-partite Gaussian input state in the phase space by ␣ and is
denoted by ␳␣in. The Wigner function of ␳␣in reads
where the Holevo ␹ quantity reads
␹=S
共8兲
−1
共R − 冑2␣兲兴
exp关− 21 共R − 冑2␣兲†␥in
共2␲兲n冑det共␥in兲
.
共11兲
Throughout this work, we use the recently proven conjecture
that a coherent state minimizes the entropy of a monomodal
Gaussian thermal channel 关19兴. As we show in Secs. III and
IV, we only need the extension of this proof to the case of a
monomodal Gaussian channel with anisotropic noise to justify that the optimal n-partite input state is Gaussian. As a
result, we only consider Gaussian distributions of the letters
in the messages so that the overall modulated input state sent
through the channel is a mixture ␳in = 兰d2n␣ f共␣兲␳␣in, where
d2n␣ = dRe兵␣1其dIm兵␣1其 . . . dRe兵␣n其dIm兵␣n其 with Gaussian
distribution
f共␣兲 =
−1
␣兴
exp关− ␣T␥mod
␲n冑det共␥mod兲
,
共12兲
centered at zero and characterized by the modulation covariance matrix ␥mod.
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As we are no longer dealing with probability distributions
pi but with probability densities f共␣兲, the summations in the
formulae above are replaced by proper integrations. The action of T共n兲 on an input state carrying a message ␣ reads as in
关13兴
T
共n兲
关␳␣in兴
=
=
␳␣out
冕
d ␤ f env共␤兲D共␤n兲 丢 ¯
2n
␤ = 共Re兵␤1其, . . . ,Re兵␤n其,Im兵␤1其, . . . ,Im兵␤n其兲T ,
and the displacement operator D共␤ j兲 = exp共␤ jâ†j − ␤ⴱj â j兲. The
displacement is applied according to the Gaussian distribution of the environment
␲ 冑det共␥env兲
n
,
␥out = ␥in + ␥env ,
␥in,␥mod
共15兲
␥env =
共18兲
共19兲
冉
冊
共q兲
0
␥env
共p兲 ,
0 ␥env
共q兲
共p兲
␥env
⫽ ␥env
.
共20兲
冉
共qp兲
␥共q兲
␥in
in
␥共qp兲
␥共p兲
in
in
冊
,
␥mod =
冉
共q兲
共qp兲
␥mod
␥mod
共qp兲
共p兲
␥mod
␥mod
冊
.
共21兲
共16兲
We now determine the optimal ␥in , ␥mod by solving equation Eq. 共16兲 with energy constraint 共19兲 and the requirement
to have a pure input, i.e.,
共17兲
1
det ␥in = .
4
In the case of a Gaussian state ␳, the von Neumann entropy can be expressed in terms of the symplectic eigenvalues ␯ j of its covariance matrix
L=g
冎
The optimal solution of a channel with such a noise has not
yet been fully studied. In Ref. 关20兴, the capacity of a multiaccess channel with such a noise was studied but the optimal
input and modulation were not discussed in detail. It was
shown 关19兴 for a monomodal thermal channel that a coherent
input state which is modulated according to a Gaussian
modulation achieves the capacity. We conjecture that this
proof can be extended to the case of the noise given by Eq.
共20兲, i.e., that a Gaussian input state and a Gaussian modulation remain optimal.
The general input and modulation covariance matrices
read
␥in =
with the Holevo ␹ quantity which then reduces to
␹n = S共␳兲 − S共␳␣out兲.
x = 0.
First we study the monomodal channel T, where the input
state undergoes a phase-dependent noise with covariance
matrix
The one-shot capacity of such a system is
C1共T共n兲兲 = sup ␹n ,
0,
III. MONOMODAL PHASE-DEPENDENT CHANNEL
共14兲
with 共classical兲 covariance matrix ␥env. If this matrix is not
diagonal, then the environment introduces correlations between the successive uses of the channel. These correlations
model the memory of the channel.
Since we centered the distributions of the environment
and modulation as well as the Wigner function of the input
state around zero, the covariance matrices of the state carrying the message ␣ at the output of the channel ␳␣out and of the
overall modulated output state ␳ read, respectively,
␥ = ␥out + ␥mod .
共x + 1兲log共x + 1兲 − x log x, x ⬎ 0
We remark that in Eqs. 共17兲–共19兲, the quantities depend
only on the covariance matrices and not on a particular message ␣. Therefore, we can fully discuss the action of the
channel solely in terms of covariance matrices.
d2n␤ = d Re兵␤1其d Im兵␤1其 . . . d Re兵␤n其d Im兵␤n其,
−1
␤兴
exp关− ␤T␥env
再
冊
1
1
关Tr共␥in兲 + Tr共␥mod兲兴 − = n̄.
2
2n
共13兲
with
f env共␤兲 =
g共x兲 =
j
1
,
2
The energy 共or mean photon number兲 constraint 共4兲 is given
by
in
丢 D共␤1兲␳␣ D†共␤1兲
¯ 丢 D†共␤n兲,
丢
冉
S共␳兲 = 兺 g 兩␯ j兩 −
共22兲
With these constraints, we can write out the total Lagrangian
of the system, i.e.,
冉冑
共p兲
共p兲
共qp兲
共qp兲 2
共q兲
共q兲
共p兲
共␥共q兲
in + ␥env + ␥mod兲共␥in + ␥env + ␥mod兲 − 共␥in + ␥mod兲 −
共p兲
共q兲 共p兲
共q兲
共p兲
− ␨共␥共q兲
in + ␥mod + ␥in + ␥mod兲 − ␶共␥in ␥in 兲,
冊 冉冑
1
−g
2
共qp兲 2
共q兲
共p兲
共p兲
共␥共q兲
in + ␥env兲共␥in + ␥env兲 − 共␥in 兲 −
1
2
冊
共23兲
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共q兲
共q兲
␥mod
= ␮ − ␥out
,
µ
γ(q)
共p兲
共p兲
␥mod
= ␮ − ␥out
,
Optimal eigenvalues
mod
共q,p兲
共q,p兲
= ␥共q,p兲
where ␥out
in + ␥env and where the quantum waterfilling level ␮ ⬅ ¯␥共p兲 = ¯␥共q兲 is determined by Eq. 共26兲. Equations 共28兲 and 共29兲 are depicted in Fig. 1. Note that both
modulation eigenvalues 共29兲 have to be nonnegative to be
physical. This condition together with Eq. 共28兲 result in the
threshold on the input energy
γ(p)
mod
γ(q)
in
n̄ ⱖ n̄thr =
γ(p)
in
γ(q)
env
共29兲
1
2
冉冑
共q兲
共p兲
max兵␥env
, ␥env
其
共q兲
共p兲
min兵␥env
, ␥env
其
冊
共q兲
共p兲
+ 兩␥env
− ␥env
兩−1 ,
共30兲
γ(p)
env
q
p
Quadratures
FIG. 1. 共Color online兲 Quantum water-filling solution for the
monomodal channel. Optimal eigenvalues for both quadratures.
below which the obtained solutions do not hold.
Knowing all optimal eigenvalues of the system, we can
easily determine the one-shot capacity defined by Eq. 共16兲,
冉
C1 = g n̄ +
where ␨ and ␶ are Lagrangian multipliers. We arrive at a
system of eight equations where the solution reads as follows. First, we find that
共qp兲
␥in
=
共qp兲
␥mod
=
共24兲
0,
i.e., all three covariance matrices are diagonal in the same
basis. Second, we obtain
共q兲
共q兲
共q兲
共p兲
共p兲
␥in
+ ␥env
+ ␥mod
= ␥共p兲
in + ␥env + ␥mod ,
共25兲
which can be regarded as a “quantum water-filling” 关27兴 solution and implies that the optimal output state ␥ is a thermal
state 共see Fig. 1兲. This repartition of input energy for the
preparation of the quantum state and the classical modulation
generalizes the situation of parallel classical channels with a
joint energy constraint. Here, we have two channels: one for
the q quadrature and one for the p quadrature. The eigenvalues of the covariance matrix of the modulated output state
read
¯␥共q兲 = ¯␥共p兲 = n̄ +
共q兲
共p兲
␥env
+ ␥env
1
+ ,
2
2
共q兲
␥共q兲
␥env
in
共p兲 = 共p兲 .
␥in ␥env
共27兲
Thus, the squeezing at the input has to match exactly the
phase dependence of the noise.
Since all matrices are diagonal, we conclude that the vari共p兲 共q兲
共p兲
ables ␥共q兲
in , ␥in , ␥mod , ␥mod are the eigenvalues of ␥in , ␥mod.
Using the condition that the input has to be pure 共22兲, we
conclude from Eq. 共27兲 that
␥共q兲
in =
1
2
冑
共q兲
␥env
共p兲 ,
␥env
␥共p兲
in =
1
2
冑
共p兲
␥env
共q兲 .
␥env
Then, the modulation eigenvalues simply read
共28兲
n̄ ⱖ n̄thr .
共31兲
One notices that in the first term the algebraic mean of the
共q兲
共p兲
+ ␥env
兲 / 2 and in the second term the geometric
noise 共␥env
共q兲 共p兲 −1/2
appear. Comparing C1 to the definition of
mean 关␥env␥env兴
the Holevo quantity 共6兲, one can say that the first term corresponds to the entropy of a thermal state with a mean photon number identical to the mean energy of the system and,
roughly speaking, the second term corresponds to the average of the entropies of two thermal states with means
共q兲
共p兲
共q兲
共p兲
␥env
, ␥env
. In the case ␥env
= ␥env
= N, we recover the capacity
of a monomodal thermal channel C = g共n̄ + N兲 − g共N兲.
IV. GAUSS-MARKOV CHANNEL
Now we proceed with the central part of this paper: the
treatment of the multimode channel as introduced in Eq. 共13兲
with a Gauss-Markov noise.
共26兲
which simply reflects the total energy of the system. Third,
we obtain the optimal degree of squeezing of the input state
冊
共q兲
共p兲
␥env
+ ␥env
共q兲 共p兲
− g共冑␥env
␥env兲 .
2
A. Noise model
Assume a Gaussian-distributed real random vector Z that
is generated by a Markov process
Zi = ␾Zi−1 + Wi,
0 ⱕ ␾ ⬍ 1,
共32兲
where Wi are Gaussian distributed and identically and independently distributed. We set without loss of generality the
expectation values E共Zi兲 = E共Wi兲 = 0. We request in addition
that the variance Var共Zi兲 = N, which leads to Var共Wi兲
= 共1 − ␾2兲N. Then we conclude that the matrix elements of
the covariance matrix M for the Gauss-Markov process 共32兲
read
M ij共␾兲 ⬅ Cov共Zi,Z j兲 = N␾兩i−j兩,
0 ⱕ ␾ ⬍ 1,
共33兲
where N 苸 R denotes the variance and ␾ is the nearestneighbor correlation. Equation 共33兲 is a symmetric Toeplitz
matrix which is completely defined by its diagonal elements
共M兲
兩k兩
t共M兲
k = N␾ = t−k 共see Appendix A兲.
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In the following, we treat the channel given by Eq. 共13兲
with a classical noise covariance matrix
␥env =
冉
M共␾兲
0
0
M共− ␾兲
冊
共34兲
,
where M共␾兲 reads as in Eq. 共33兲. In other words, the noise of
the q 共p兲 quadratures results from a Gauss-Markov process
with 共anti-兲 correlated nearest neighbors.
In order to determine the capacity of the memory channel
共13兲, one needs to find the optimal input and modulation
covariance matrices which obey the energy constraint 共19兲.
One can treat equally this problem in the basis where the
channel becomes memoryless provided that one can rotate
the noise covariance matrix by a passive symplectic transformation into the basis where it is diagonal. This is possible
because a passive symplectic transformation does neither
change the entropy nor the energy constraint of the system.
For the class of additive bosonic channels, where the noise
covariance matrix ␥env does not contain any cross correlations between the quadratures, i.e., has the form
冉
冊
共q兲
0
␥env
共p兲 ,
0 ␥env
⬘ =
␥env
冉
M 共␾兲
0
0
共C兲
M 共− ␾兲
冊
共36兲
,
where M 共C兲共␾兲 is a circulant symmetric matrix with matrix
elements
M 共C兲
ij 共␾兲 =
再
␾兩i−j兩 ,
␾
n−兩i−j兩
共38兲
¯␳k = Tr¯␳ ,. . .,¯␳ ,¯␳ ,. . .,¯␳ 共␳兲,
1
k−1 k+1
n
共39兲
the optimal modulation covariance matrix ␥mod
⬘ is also diagonal in this basis.
We now take the limit n → ⬁. In Appendix B, we determine the spectrum of M共␾兲 in this limit, which is identical to
the asymptotic spectrum of M共C兲共␾兲. Thus, as the spectra of
the two noise matrices ␥env and ␥env
⬘ are now identical, the
optimal input and modulation covariance matrices ␥in and
␥in
⬘ , 共␥mod and ␥mod
⬘ 兲 coincide.
In this limit, the spectrum of ␥env as introduced in Eq.
共34兲 becomes continuous and reads for the two quadrature
blocks
共q兲
共p兲
␥env
共x兲 = ␥env
共␲ − x兲 = ␭共M兲共x兲,
共35兲
one can show that the transformation that diagonalizes the
共q兲
and
noise is symplectic only if the two block matrices ␥env
共p兲
␥env, respectively, commute 共see Appendix A兲.
Applied to the Gauss-Markov noise ␥env as defined in Eq.
共34兲, this condition requires that 关M共␾兲 , M共−␾兲兴 = 0. However, for finite n, one can show that this does not hold and, as
a consequence, ␥env cannot be diagonalized by a passive
symplectic transformation. In order to overcome this problem, we introduce another noise covariance matrix ␥env
⬘ that
does have commuting block matrices 关see Eq. 共35兲兴 and, furthermore, an eigenvalue spectrum that asymptotically converges to the eigenvalue spectrum of ␥env. The capacity of
this modified channel system and of the original one will be
identical, since this quantity is found in the limit of an infinite number of channel uses.
We introduce the noise covariance matrix
共C兲
S共␳兲 ⱕ S共¯␳1兲 + S共¯␳2兲 + ¯ + S共¯␳n兲,
where
B. Solution
␥env =
agonalizes in the same basis as the noise covariance matrix
␥env
⬘ . We rotate the matrix ␥env
⬘ into the basis where it is
diagonal and therefore treat a set of n uncorrelated channels.
Then, for each channel, the optimal input takes the form
derived in Eq. 共28兲, provided the total input energy suffices
to exceed the threshold for each channel. We note in addition
that by Eq. 共17兲 and the subadditivity of the entropy
0 ⬍ 兩i − j兩 ⱕ ␬
, ␬ ⬍ 兩i − j兩 ⱕ n − 1,
冎
共37兲
with ␬ = 共n − 1兲 / 2 for odd n and ␬ = n / 2 for even n, and i , j
= 1 , . . . , n. It is known that all circulant symmetric matrices
commute and, furthermore, that the spectrum of a symmetric
Toeplitz matrix and a circulant symmetric matrix generated
by the same diagonals asymptotically coincides 共see Appendix A for further details兲.
At this point, we base the following calculation on the
conjecture that the optimal input covariance matrix ␥in
⬘ di-
where ␭
i.e.,
共M兲
共40兲
共x兲 is the spectrum of M共␾兲 given by Eq. 共B7兲,
␭共M兲共x兲 = N
1 − ␾2
,
1 + ␾2 − 2␾ cos共x兲
共41兲
where x 苸 关0 , ␲兴 is the spectral parameter.
For each individual channel, we know from Eq. 共25兲 that
if its allocated input energy is sufficient, then the optimal
overall output state is a thermal state, i.e.,
共q兲
共q兲
共p兲
共p兲
共p兲
␥共q兲
in 共x兲 + ␥env共x兲 + ␥mod共x兲 = ␥in 共x兲 + ␥env共x兲 + ␥mod共x兲.
共42兲
As in the monomodal case, each input has to match the anisotropy of the corresponding noise, i.e.,
␥共q,p兲
in 共x兲 =
1
2
冑
共q,p兲
␥env
共x兲
.
共p,q兲
␥env 共x兲
共43兲
In order to check whether the optimal input state is entangled in the original basis 关i.e., the basis where the noise
covariance matrix is introduced in Eq. 共34兲兴, we use the
transformation Q given by Eq. 共A4兲 for each quadrature
block to rotate the covariance matrix of the state back. In this
basis, we conclude that the first mode is in a thermal state for
correlations ␾ ⬎ 0 共a coherent state for ␾ = 0兲, with variances
共q兲
共p兲
˜␥in,1
= ˜␥in,1
=
1
2␲
冕 冑
␲
dx
0
1 + ␾ + 2␾ cos共x兲
.
1 + ␾ − 2␾ cos共x兲
共44兲
Since the purity of the overall input state is untouched by the
rotation, we conclude that the first mode is entangled with
the rest of the modes. A full proof of entanglement could
possibly be obtained by the same method applied to all
modes.
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Output spectrum, distributed energy
1
␲
冕
共q,p兲
dx␥env
共x兲 = N,
共49兲
5
we define
n̄thr共␾,N兲 =
4
modulation energy
per mode (1−η)n
3
冉
1+␾
−1
1−␾
冊冉 冊
N+
1
,
2
共50兲
i.e., the minimum input energy needed to modulate the whole
channel spectrum.
If we assume that for given ␾ , N,
2
n̄ ⱖ n̄thr共␾,N兲,
共51兲
then 共see Fig. 2兲, using Eqs. 共45兲 and 共49兲, we determine the
global quantum water filling as
1
0
0
π/2
π/4
3/4π
Spectral parameter x
FIG. 2. 共Color online兲 Global quantum water-filling solution.
共p兲
Output spectra ␥共q兲
out共x兲 and ␥out共x兲 shown by the solid decreasing
curve and dashed increasing curve vs spectral parameter x. The
solid bar represents the global quantum water-filling level ␮gl; the
light gray area shows the energy used for modulation in q.
We define the fraction of input energy used to prepare the
squeezed 共or entangled兲 input by
␩⬅
=
冕
冋冕
1
2␲n̄
␲
0
␲
1
␲n̄
共p兲
dx关␥共q兲
in 共x兲 + ␥in 共x兲兴 −
dx␥共q兲
in 共x兲 −
0
册
1
1
¯␥共q兲共x兲 = ¯␥共p兲共x兲 = ␮gl = n̄ + N + ,
2
冕
␲
共q,p兲
dx␥mod
共x兲
= 共1 − ␩兲n̄.
共q兲
共p兲
␯env共x兲 = 冑␥env
共x兲␥env
共x兲,
冕
1
sup ␹n
n→⬁ n ␥in,␥mod
C = lim
=
1
␲
冕
␲
0
再冉 冊 冉
dx g ¯␯共x兲 −
= g共n̄ + N兲 −
共47兲
共q兲
dx␥out
共x兲.
共48兲
0
Using the definition in Eq. 共45兲 and the property of the environment
共54兲
we are now ready to determine the capacity of the channel
above threshold for an infinite number of uses: we take the
limit of Eq. 共16兲 where the sum tends to an integral over the
whole domain, i.e.,
共46兲
The solution is graphically represented in Fig. 2. One concludes that the input energy threshold which determines
whether the modulation 共46兲 is positive over the whole domain x 苸 关0 , ␲兴 is given by
␲
共53兲
¯␯共x兲 = 冑¯␥共q兲共x兲¯␥共p兲共x兲,
共45兲
0
1
共q兲
共1 − ␩兲n̄ ⱖ ␥out
共0兲 −
␲
共52兲
where ¯␥共q,p兲共x兲 correspond to the spectra of the covariance
matrix ␥ as defined in Eq. 共15兲. With the definition of the
symplectic spectra for the quantum output, the total output,
and the noise in the asymptotic limit, that is,
共q,p兲
共q,p兲
共x兲 = ␥共q,p兲
where ␥out
in 共x兲 + ␥env 共x兲 is the 共quantum兲 output
spectrum and ␮gl is now a global quantum water-filling level
over all channels, such that
1
␲
0
1
共q兲
dx␥out
共x兲 = n̄ + N + ,
2
共q兲
共p兲
␯out共x兲 = 冑␥out
共x兲␥out
共x兲,
where n̄ is the mean maximum photon number constraint
defined in Eq. 共4兲.
From classical information theory, we know that the
amount of classical information sent through a system of
parallel channels is maximized by a water-filling solution
关21兴. By Eq. 共42兲 we confirm that this holds for the optimal
modulation spectrum, i.e.,
共q,p兲
共q,p兲
␥mod
共x兲 = ␮gl − ␥out
共x兲,
␲
which corresponds to the overall modulated output variance
of each of the channels, i.e.,
2n̄
␲
,
2
冕
1
␲
␮gl = 共1 − ␩兲n̄ +
π
=g共n̄ + N兲 −
1
␲
1
␲
冕
␲
1
1
− g ␯out共x兲 −
2
2
冊冎
共q兲
共p兲
dxg共冑␥env
共x兲␥env
共x兲兲
共55兲
dxg关␯env共x兲兴,
共56兲
0
冕
␲
0
where ␯env共x兲 is the asymptotic symplectic spectrum of ␥env.
We conclude that the capacity is given by the difference of
the entropy of a thermal state with mean photons n̄ + N and,
roughly speaking, the mean entropy of the environment. This
is a generalization of the one-shot capacity found for the
monomodal channel found in Eq. 共31兲.
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In this section, we analyze the capacity 共56兲 in several
limiting cases, such as the case of the classical limit, the limit
of full correlations, the case of a symmetric noise model, and
the transition from a finite to an infinite number of channel
uses.
A. Classical limit
In the classical limit, we increase the input energy and the
noise while keeping the signal-to-noise ratio constant. From
the limiting behavior of g共x兲,
lim 关g共x兲 − log共x兲兴 = 0,
共57兲
x→⬁
we conclude that we have to replace the g共x兲 functions in Eq.
共56兲 by logarithms. The integral term can be simplified with
the help of Ref. 关22兴
1
␲
冕
␲
共q兲
共q兲
dx log关冑␥env
共x兲␥env
共x兲兴 = log关N共1 − ␾2兲兴.
共58兲
0
Thus, we conclude that
lim
n̄,N→⬁,n̄/N=c
冋 冉 冊册
C ⬅ Ccl = log
1
n̄
2 1+
1−␾
N
.
共59兲
Since g共x兲 ⬍ log共x兲, we reach this limit from below and
hence, for finite n̄ , N, the classical capacity of the bosonic
channel is always smaller than the capacity of the classical
Gaussian additive channel. This is the expected result because for the bosonic channel 共for ␾ ⫽ 0兲, a certain amount
of energy is needed to prepare the input squeezed state,
which is not the case for the classical channel. In the classical limit, the relative fraction of energy used for squeezing
vanishes to zero and therefore the capacities coincide. In Fig.
3, we plotted the capacity C and relative fraction ␩ versus
the noise parameter N. For each ␾, we fixed the signal-tonoise ratio n̄ / N ⬅ n̄thr共␾ , N⬘兲 / N⬘, with N⬘ ⬅ 1 which guarantees to be above threshold ∀ N ⬎ 1. The capacities all tend
to their classical limit 共59兲, while all fractions ␩ decrease
toward zero. Interestingly, for fixed signal-to-noise ratio, we
find that ␩共␾ = 0.7兲 ⬎ ␩共␾ = 0.9兲. This is due to the fact that
n̄thr共␾ = 0.7, 1兲 Ⰶ n̄thr共␾ = 0.9, 1兲. Although we need more input energy to match the higher correlation, its cost with respect to the total energy n̄ is lower.
B. Full correlations
We now investigate the limit of full correlations, i.e., ␾
→ 1. Since the first term in Eq. 共56兲 is independent of ␾, we
take only the limit of the integral term 共where we drop the
constant N inside the eigenvalue functions for now兲. For the
integrand, we find that
lim g
␾→1
冉冑
1 − ␾2
共1 + ␾2兲2 − 4␾2 cos2 x
冊
→ 0,
0 ⬍ x ⬍ ␲.
Fraction of input energy for squeezing η
V. LIMITING CASES
8
0.03
6
0.02
4
0.01
2
0
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
0
50
Noise parameter N
FIG. 3. 共Color online兲 Fraction of input energy used for squeezing ␩ and capacity C in bits per use vs noise parameter N. The
increasing curves correspond to the capacities; the decreasing to ␩.
Gray horizontal lines correspond to the classical limit Ccl of each
capacity. For all graphs, the dotted, dashed, and solid line correspond to ␾ = 0.4, 0.7, 0.9. For each ␾, we set ∀ N ⱖ 1 : n̄ / N
= n̄thr共␾ , N⬘兲 / N⬘, with N⬘ ⬅ 1.
small, it is easy to show that the integral in Eq. 共56兲 vanishes
and we conclude that
共61兲
lim C = g共n̄ + N兲.
␾→1
This result is in contrast to the result in the classical limit
共59兲, for which
lim Ccl → ⬁.
共62兲
␾→1
Note that Eq. 共61兲 is valid only when the waterfilling condition 共50兲 is satisfied. However, as ␾ gets close to one while n
is fixed, at some point this condition will be violated. In
order to satisfy this condition with increaseing ␾ one has to
increase n according to 共50兲, so that 共61兲 becomes correct
only as an asymptotic limit, with the right hand side diverging as ␾ goes to infinity. Nevertheless, we conjecture that for
fixed n the capacity of the quantum channel will be finite in
the limit ␾ → 1, because even in the absence of noise the
capacity is finite as it is equal to g共n兲. Hence, unlike in the
classical case, for our quantum channel there is no diverging
benefit from increasing correlations. This conjecture will be
studied further in a forthcoming paper.
C. Symmetric correlations
In this section, we consider a modified, symmetric environment with same correlations in both quadratures
␥env,s =
共60兲
At the borders x = 兵0 , ␲其, the integrand is equal to one for
arbitrary ␾. As this contribution is however infinitesimally
0.04
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M共␾兲
0
0
M共␾兲
冊
.
共63兲
As both quadrature blocks have now identical spectra, we
treat a set of independent thermal channels when ␥env,s is
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VI. CONCLUSIONS
3.2
3
2.9
(n)
R , Capacity C
3.1
2.8
2.7
2.6
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
Nr. of channel uses n
FIG. 4. Function R共n兲 and capacity C in bits per use vs number
of channel uses n. The dotted, dashed, dashed-dotted, and solid
curve correspond to R共n兲 with ␾ = 0 , 0.4, 0.55, 0.7. For each ␾, the
corresponding capacity is shown by a gray horizontal line. For all
plots, we took N = 1 and n̄ = 7.5⬎ n̄thr共␾ = 0.7, N = 1兲.
diagonalized. We recover from Eq. 共43兲 immediately that in
the asymptotic limit, the optimal input spectra read
共q,p兲
␥in,s
共x兲 =
1
2
冑
共q,p兲
␥env,s
共x兲 1
= ,
共p,q兲
␥env,s共x兲 2
∀ x,
共64兲
i.e., the overall optimal input state is a set of coherent states
and entanglement does not improve the transmission rate.
This is in agreement with previous investigations of the twomode model discussed in 关13兴. Recently, the same observation was made independently in Ref. 关23兴.
D. From finite to infinite number of uses
If one applies the method introduced in Sec. IV B to a
noise covariance matrix, where the two quadrature block matrices 关see Eq. 共35兲兴 commute for finite n, then the optimal
transmission rate reads as in Eq. 共56兲, where the integral is
replaced by a sum term normalized by n,
n
R
共n兲
1
共q兲
共p兲
␥env,k
兲,
= g共n̄ + N兲 − 兺 g共冑␥env,k
n k=1
The classical capacity of a multimode channel with
Gauss-Markov noise was found under certain assumptions
above a certain input energy threshold. By diagonalizing the
noise covariance matrix, one was led to treat first the capacity of a one-mode phase-dependent channel.
In the one-mode case, we have shown that above the
threshold, the optimal quantum input state is a squeezed state
where the squeezing matches the anisotropy of the noise.
Furthermore, we found that the optimal overall modulated
output state is a thermal state and therefore the classical
modulation is determined by a quantum water-filling level.
For the multimode channel with Gauss-Markov noise, the
optimal input and modulation were discussed in the
asymptotic limit. Above an energy threshold, the optimal input eigenvalue of each channel is similar to the monomodal
solution determined by the anisotropy of the noise of the
channel. The optimal modulation was found to be given by a
global quantum water filling, which lead us to the conclusion
that the overall modulated output state is the same thermal
state for all channels or equivalently all channel uses. When
we rotated the covariance matrix of the overall input state
back to the original basis, we confirmed that the first mode is
in a thermal state and hence the total state is entangled.
Finally, several limit cases were discussed. First, the classical limit of the channel was discussed and we showed that
the quantum expression tends to the classical expression.
Second, we argued that in the limit of full correlations, the
capacity of the quantum model stays finite whereas it is diverging for its classical counterpart. In the case of a symmetric noise model, we recovered that the optimal input is given
by a set of coherent states. Last, we depicted the asymptotic
behavior of a function which represents the optimal transmission rate for finite uses for commuting quadrature block
matrices and observe that it tends to the capacity for infinite
channel uses.
In addition, we remark that the proposed solution method
can be applied more generally to an environment which is
constructed by a stationary Gauss processes because these
processes are characterized by symmetric Toeplitz matrices
which commute asymptotically 共see Appendix A for more
details兲. This means that for any pair of Toeplitz matrices
T , T⬘ replacing M共␾兲 , M共−␾兲 in Eq. 共34兲, the capacity
共above threshold兲 reads as in Eq. 共56兲 where the noise spectra are replaced by the spectra of T , T⬘.
共65兲
共q兲
共p兲
, ␥env,k
denote the eigenvalue spectra for the
where ␥env,k
given environment.
Although for finite n the two block matrices M共␾兲 and
M共−␾兲 of the introduced Gauss-Markov noise 共34兲 do not
commute, we investigate R共n兲 as it converges with increasing
共q兲
共p兲
, ␥env,k
are
channel uses n to the capacity 共56兲, where ␥env,k
the spectra of M共␾兲 , M共−␾兲 and numerically obtained. In
Fig. 4, we plot R共n兲 for fixed N, various correlation strength
␾, and a fixed input energy n̄, which is above threshold for
the strongest ␾. In addition, we denoted by gray bars for
each ␾ the asymptotic capacity given by Eq. 共56兲. In the
plotted region, we observe that R共n兲 indeed converges to the
capacity C.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
N.J.C. thanks Jeffrey H. Shapiro for useful discussions.
J.S. thanks Raúl Garcia-Patrón for helpful comments to the
one-mode channel solution. We thank Oleg V. Pilyavets for
stimulating comments. We acknowledge financial support
from the EU under project COMPAS, from the Belgian federal program PAI under project [email protected], and from the
Brussels Capital region under the projects CRYPTASC and
Prospective Research for Brussels program.
APPENDIX A: TOEPLITZ AND CIRCULANT
SYMMETRIC MATRICES
In this section, we specify the symplectic transformation
that diagonalizes the noise ␥env
⬘ 共36兲 for finite dimension n
and ␥env 共34兲 for n tending to infinity.
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A Toeplitz matrix T共C兲 of dimension n is called circulant
symmetric 关25兴 if it has the form
A quadratic matrix T with dimension n ⫻ n is called a
Toeplitz matrix 关24兴 if
Tij = t共T兲
i−j ,
共A1兲
t共T兲
i−j
is a series of real numbers and i , j = 1 , . . . , n. The
where
matrix in Eq. 共A1兲 belongs to the Wiener class if 兵t共T兲
k 其 is
absolutely convergent, that is,
⬁
兩t共T兲
兺k=−⬁
k 兩 ⬍ ⬁. Then the Fourier series
T
共C兲
=
⬁
f T共x兲 =
ikx
t共T兲
兺
k e ,
k=−⬁
x 苸 关0,2␲兴
共A2兲
冑
2
n
冢
t1 t0 t1 ¯ t3 t2
t2 t1 t0 ¯ t4 t3
] ] ]
] ]
t1 t2 t3 ¯ t1 t0
1
1
冑2
冉 冊
冉 冊
冉 冊
2␲
n
2␲
sin
n
4␲
cos
n
]
1
cos
0
1
]
0
1
冑2
冉
sin
n − 1 2␲
2 n
冉 冊
冉 冊
冉 冊
4␲
n
4␲
sin
n
8␲
cos
n
]
D = diag共d1,d2, . . . ,dn兲,
¯
cos
冊 冉
sin
共A5兲
n − 1 4␲
2 n
1
¯
冑2
For even n, the same pattern holds, except for a row
n−1/2共1 , −1 , 1 , . . . , −1兲 at i = n / 2. The diagonal matrix
QTT共C兲Q converges with increasing n to D, where
¯
¯
冊
冉
冉
冉
冑2
2␲共n − 1兲
n
2␲共n − 1兲
sin
n
4␲共n − 1兲
cos
n
]
cos
冉
¯ sin
共A3兲
d2j = d2j+1 = f T共2␲kj/n兲,
冉
冣
.
共A4兲
␥q 0
,
0 ␥p
共A8兲
冊
冊
a rotation R that diagonalizes ␥ is of the shape
R=
d1 = f T共0兲,
冊
冊
冊
n − 1 2␲共n − 1兲
2
n
␥=
where for odd n,
冉
Uq
0
0
Up
冊
.
共A9兲
Therefore, in order for R to be a symplectic transformation,
we find the requirement that
共A6兲
dn = f T共␲兲 for even n, where j = 1 , 2 , . . . , 共n − 1兲 / 2, and f T共x兲
as defined in Eq. 共A2兲. In addition, if a Toeplitz matrix T
belongs to the Wiener class, then QTTQ also converges to D.
This means that T共C兲 and T can be asymptotically diagonalized in the same basis and hence that all Toeplitz matrices
共which belong to the Wiener class兲 asymptotically commute.
Now we show that the transformation that diagonalizes
␥env
⬘ as defined in Eq. 共36兲 is indeed symplectic. A transformation S is called symplectic if
SJST = J,
冣
.
The unitary transformation Q, that diagonalizes T共C兲 with
odd dimension n, reads
exists and is Riemann integrable.
QT =
冢
t0 t1 t2 ¯ t2 t1
共A7兲
where J is the commutation matrix defined in Eq. 共10兲. For a
covariance matrix ␥ of the shape
UTq U p = UqUTp = 1,
共A10兲
where Uq , U p are orthogonal transformations. For the noise
共36兲, both quadrature blocks ␥q , ␥ p are diagonalized by the
same orthogonal transformation Uq = U p = Q and thus R corresponds to a passive symplectic transformation.
APPENDIX B: SPECTRUM OF A GAUSS-MARKOV
COVARIANCE MATRIX
Our goal in the following is to determine the spectrum of
M共␾兲 defined in Eq. 共33兲. As this matrix generates a Markov
process, one intuitively expects M−1共␾兲 to be three diagonal,
such that only nearest-neighbor terms appear in the exponential of the resulting Gaussian distribution. Therefore, we consider a matrix
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11+␾
N 1 − ␾2
2
V=
冢
1
−
−
␾
1 + ␾2
0
␾
1 + ␾2
1
−
0
−
␾
1 + ␾2
0
0
]
]
1
−
where 0 ⫽ N 苸 R , 0 ⱕ 兩␾兩 ⬍ 1. We observe that
⬁
1 1 + ␾2
兩t共V兲
兺
k 兩=
N 1 − ␾2
k=−⬁
冉
1+2
冊
f V共x兲 =
冉
冊
兩␾兩
11+␾
cos共x兲 ,
2 1+2 2
N1−␾
␾ +1
2
共B2兲
1
=
2␲
冕
␲
e−ikx
,
dx
f T共x兲
−␲
n → ⬁.
0
¯
␾
¯
1 + ␾2
1
冣
−1兲
,
共B1兲
= N␾兩k兩
共B5兲
or equivalently, we found that
lim V → M−1共␾兲.
n→⬁
共B3兲
where the right-hand side of the latter was obtained by using
Eq. 共A2兲. From 关24兴, we state that if the spectrum of a
Toeplitz matrix T is strictly positive, then the inverse T−1 is
asymptotically a Toeplitz matrix, with diagonals
−1兲
t共T
k
␾
1 + ␾2
−
¯
t共V
k
兩␾兩
⬍ ⬁,
␾2 + 1
and therefore obtain the Fourier series
␾
1 + ␾2
0
共B6兲
Hence, in the limit of infinite number of rows and columns,
we found the inverse of M共␾兲. We determine the spectrum of
V by using Ref. 关26兴, take its inverse, and therefore receive
the spectrum of M共␾兲 in the limit of infinite channel uses
␭共M兲共x兲 = N
共B4兲
1 − ␾2
,
1 + ␾ − 2␾ cos共x兲
2
共B7兲
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