Seminars
Our seminars usually take place in the QuIC seminar room, campus Solbosh, building U, room UA3219.
Upcoming seminars
In the past
Quantum Computation with Indefinite Causal Structures 
Speaker: 
Fabio Costa, University of Vienna 
Date: 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 15:00. 
Abstract: 
Quantum computation is generally assumed to take place on a definite causal structure, in which gates are applied in a definite sequence within a circuit. The possible interplay between general relativity and quantum mechanics motivates the consideration of a more general model, where the order in which the gates are applied is controlled by a quantum system. This new model allows solving specific computational problems more efficiently than causally ordered circuits, providing a polynomial reduction in computational complexity.
This model of quantum computation is also of practical interest, since it can be realized in tabletop interferometric setups far from the relativisitic regime. 
Renormalization as an inference problem 
Speaker: 
Cédric Bény, University of Hannover 
Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
A large part of physics can be thought of as an attempt to
infer the of a system’s state from imprecise coarsegrained
measurements. This is an illposed problem because certain features of the state
cannot be resolved by the measurements. However, an effective model
can nonetheless be made of those features which can be observed. I
will explain how those relevant and irrelevant parameters can be
concretely characterized using quantum distinguishability metrics.
Renormalization methods in condensed matter and in quantum field
theory then emerge from the freedom that one has in modifying the
irrelevant coordinates, given a reasonable model of the
experimentalist's limitations. This unifying approach elucidates the
role that information plays in the various formulations of the
renormalization group, and provides an avenue for generalizations. 
Transmission of classical information through Gaussian quantum channels: the review 
Speaker: 
Oleg Pilyavets, QuIC, ULB 
Date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 14:15. 
Abstract: 
I will review recent results on classical information transmission
through bosonic Gaussian quantum channels discussing both memoryless and memory
channels. Specifically I will consider the classical capacity of these channels
as well as information transmission rates achievable using homodyne and
heterodyne measurements. I will also discuss different additivity problems for
classical capacity arising in continuous variables quantum channels, which in
turn lead to a notion of optimal channel memory. These results are mainly based
on works: http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.1532, http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.4939, some
newer conference proceedings, and a few works in preparation. 
Device Independent Random Number Generation: quantifying randomness
in a Bell scenario 
Speaker: 
Olmo Nieto Silleras, LIQ, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2013, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Randomness is an important resource for a number of applications, such
as cryptography and computer simulations. Two types of randomness can
be distinguished: apparent or pseudorandomness, which is due to a
lack of knowledge or to the high complexity involved in the
description of the random process; and intrinsic, truly unpredictable
randomness, which can only arise in quantum processes.
This genuine randomness is a direct consequence of two fundamental
characteristics of quantum theory: the nosignalling principle, which
forbids fasterthanlight communication, and the nonlocal character
of certain quantum correlations, in the sense that they can violate a
Belltype inequality. There thus seems to be a direct link between
nonlocality and randomness. This opens the way to secure
deviceindependent applications, since the violation of a Bell
inequality by the measurement outcomes suffices to certify the
presence of genuine randomness, independently of the inner workings of
the device.
Both from a fundamental point of view and in order to develop such
applications it is thus of interest to be able to find a quantitative
link between the amount of nonlocality present in an experiment and
the amount of genuine randomness generated. In this talk I will
present a new method which provides tight bounds on the amount of
randomness generated in a Bell experiment by exploiting all the
statistics of the experiment. This improves over previous works, where
tight bounds on the randomness were obtained by only considering the
amount of Bell violation.
References:
1. S. Pironio et al., Random numbers certified by Bell’s theorem.
Nature 464, 1021 (2010).
2. A. Acín, S. Massar & S. Pironio, Randomness versus Nonlocality and
Entanglement. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 100402 (2012).
3. M. Navascués, S. Pironio & A. Acín, A convergent hierarchy of
semidefinite programs characterizing the set of quantum correlations.
New Journal of Physics 10, 073013 (2008). 
Nonlocality of symmetric states and its applications in quantum information processing 
Speaker: 
Zizhu Wang, QuIC, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, June 21, 2013, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
This talk is about the nonlocal properties of permutation symmetric states and the potential usefulness of such properties in quantum information processing. The nonlocality of almost all symmetric states, except Dicke states, is shown by constructing an nparty Hardy paradox. With the help of the Majorana representation, suitable measurement settings can be chosen for these symmetric states which satisfy the paradox. An extended CH inequality can be derived from the probabilistic conditions of the paradox. This inequality is shown to be violated by all symmetric states. The nonlocality properties and entanglement properties of symmetric states are also discusses and compared, notably with respect to persistency and monogamy. It is shown that the degeneracy of some symmetric states is linked to the persistency, which provides a way to use device independent tests to separate nonlocality classes. It is also shown that the inequalities used to show the nonlocality of all symmetric states are not strictly monogamous. A new inequality for Dicke states is shown to be monogamous when the number of parties goes to infinity. But all these inequalities can not detect genuine nonlocality. Applications of nonlocality to communication complexity and Bayesian game theory are also discussed. 
Quantum query complexity: Adversaries, polynomials and direct product theorems 
Speaker: 
Jérémie Roland, QuIC, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2013, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Quantum query complexity has recently seen a lot of progress. One of the most prominent results is certainly that the generalized adversary bound characterizes the boundederror quantum query complexity for any function. This fundamental result however does not answer all questions about quantum query complexity as it suffers from two limitations. First, the result is non constructive, and there still exist functions for which we can prove a tight lower bound using the polynomial method, the other main lower bound technique, but for which the optimal adversary matrix is unknown. Secondly, it is sometimes necessary to prove lower bounds for exponentially low success probabilities, a regime where the generalized adversary method might not be tight. A typical example is proving a direct product theorem, which essentially states that for solving k instances of a problem in parallel, one cannot do much better than solving each instance independently.
The goal of this talk will be to provide new techniques to tackle those limitations. More precisely, we will show that the multiplicative adversary method, a variation of the original adversary method, generalizes not only the generalized adversary method, but also the polynomial method, so that it essentially encompasses all known lower bound methods. Therefore, this provides a constructive approach to cast polynomial lower bounds into the adversary method framework. Moreover, since the multiplicative adversary method satisfies a strong direct product theorem and is at least as strong as the generalized adversary bound which is tight, this implies that the quantum query complexity of any function satisfies a direct product theorem.
Based on joint work with Andris Ambainis, Loïck Magnin, Martin Rötteler and Troy Lee
http://arxiv.org/abs/1012.2112
http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.4468
http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2713 
MeasurementDeviceIndependent Entanglement Witnesses 
Speaker: 
Cyril Branciard, University of Queensland, Australia 
Date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
In a recent paper, F. Buscemi claimed that “All entangled quantum states are nonlocal” [1]. I will start by clarifying what he meant by that, namely that any entangled state can bring some advantage over separable states in the context of “semiquantum nonlocal games”, which use quantum states as inputs. While Buscemi noticed that this result could be used to certify entanglement, his proof does not provide any explicit recipe for that.
Inspired by his work, I will precisely show how, starting from any standard entanglement witness, one can construct an explicit criterion to witness entanglement in Buscemi's scenario with quantum inputs. Such criterions are independent of the measurements apparatuses used in the experiment, and therefore provide “MeasurementDeviceIndependent Entanglement Witnesses” (MDIEWs) [2]. Examples will be given to illustrate our construction. Time permitting, I will extend Buscemi's results and our construction to a situation where classical communication is allowed between separated parties, and show that correlations from entangled states cannot be simulated classically [3].
[1] F. Buscemi, PRL 108, 200401 (2012).
[2] C. Branciard, D. Rosset, Y.C. Liang, N. Gisin, arXiv:1210.8037.
[3] D. Rosset, C. Branciard, N. Gisin, Y.C. Liang, arXiv:1211.3560. 
Heisenberglimited metrology without entanglement 
Speaker: 
Daniel Braun, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France 
Date: 
Thursday, March 1st, 2012, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
One of the most promising spinoffs of quantum information theory for
science is the idea of using quantum information processing in order to increase the sensitivity of precision measurements. The major goal of these “Quantum Enhanced Measurements” (QEM) is to achieve the Heisenberg limit (HL)  a scaling of the sensitivity as 1/N with the number N of quantum resources. This would represent a major improvement over the standard quantum limit (SQL) in which the sensitivity scales as the inverse square root of N, with a corresponding huge interest for technological applications.
However, despite about 30 years of efforts, the SQL has been surpassed only by very few experiments so far, and only for small values of N. Indeed, the standard protocols of QEM require highly entangled states that are typically very prone to decoherence, and are therefore unlikely to scale up to the large numbers of N required before QEM can compete with classical precision measurements.
In this talk, I show that by having the N quantum systems interact with a common “quantumbus”, one can achieve Heisenberg limited sensitivity without using or ever creating entanglement. The quantum bus can be as simple as a single qubit, or as complex as an environment with many degrees of freedom
over which we have only partial control and which creates therefore decoherence. The scaling with N is robust under local decoherence, and decoherence itself can be used as a signal that allows one to achieve the HL. I will present a general theory of this new kind of measurements, based on the fundamental Quantum CramerRao bound, and illustrate the effect in some detail for the example of the measurement of the length of a cavity using superradiance. 
Analytical estimate of realistic implementations of a QKD protocol 
Speaker: 
Christina Giarmatzi, ENS Cachan, France 
Date: 
Friday, July 8, 2011, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
We studied realistic implementations of the BB84 protocol with imperfect singlephoton source and detectors. After taking into account photonnumber splitting attacks and the optimization of the singlephoton source, we give a simple analytic formula giving the range of the protocol as a function of the singlephoton source anticorrelation parameter and the darkcount probability. 
Quantum BitCommitment and Coin Flipping in a DeviceIndependent Setting 
Speaker: 
Jonathan Silman, LIQ, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2011, 11:15. 
Abstract: 
In the distrustful quantum cryptography model the parties have conflicting interests and do not trust one another. Nevertheless, they trust the quantum devices in their labs. The aim of the deviceindependent approach to cryptography is to do away with the latter assumption, and, consequently, significantly increase security. It is an open question whether the scope of this approach also extends to protocols in the distrustful cryptography model. In this talk, we show that for bitcommitment  one of the most basic primitives within the model  the answer is positive. We present a deviceindependent (imperfect) bitcommitment protocol, where Alice's and Bob's cheating probabilities are 0.854 and 0.75, which we then use to construct a deviceindependent coin with cheating probability no greater than 0.836. 
Symmetryassisted adversaries for quantum state generation 
Speaker: 
Loïck Magnin, QuIC, ULB and LRI, Paris 
Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2011, 14:15. 
Abstract: 
We introduce a new quantum adversary method to prove lower
bounds on the query complexity of the quantum state generation problem.
This problem encompasses both, the computation of partial or total
functions and the preparation of target quantum states. There has been
hope for quite some time that quantum state generation might be a route
to tackle the Graph Isomorphism problem. We show that for the
related problem of Index Erasure our method leads to a lower bound
of Omega(sqrt(N)) which matches an upper bound obtained via reduction
to quantum search on N elements. This closes an open problem first
raised by Shi [FOCS'02].
Our approach is based on two ideas: (i) on the one hand we generalize
the known additive and multiplicative adversary methods to the case of
quantum state generation, (ii) on the other hand we show how the
symmetries of the underlying problem can be leveraged for the design of
optimal adversary matrices and dramatically simplify the computation of
adversary bounds. Taken together, these two ideas give the new result
for Index Erasure by using the representation theory of the
symmetric group. Also, the method can lead to lower bounds even for
small success probability, contrary to the standard adversary method.
Furthermore, we answer an open question due to Spalek [CCC'08] by
showing that the multiplicative version of the adversary method is
stronger than the additive one for any problem. Finally, we prove that
the multiplicative bound satisfies a strong direct product theorem,
extending a result by Spalek to quantum state generation problems. 
Entanglement enhancement by photon addition and subtraction:
a step towards solving the minimum entropy conjecture 
Speaker: 
Carlos NavarreteBenlloch, University of Valencia, Spain. 
Date: 
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 16:00. 
Abstract: 
In view of the recent progress towards ondemand photon addition
and subtraction (see [1]), we have systematically studied how these
operations, despite being local, can enhance the entanglement present in a twomode
vacuum squeezed state, which a the state customarily used in quantum protocols
involving light. I will also explain our efforts towards a proof of the socalled
“minimum entropy conjecture”, which states that the capacity of Gaussian singlemode
communication channels such as lossy fibers or amplifiers is attained by using
input coherent states [2]. I will show how this latter problem is related to the former one,
and can be analytically addressed by exploiting the concept of majorization.
[1] A. Zavatta, V. Parigi, M. S. Kim, H. Jeong, and M. Bellini; Phys. Rev.
Lett. 103, 140406 (2009).
[2] V. Giovannetti, S. Guha, S. Lloyd, L. Maccone, and J. H. Shapiro; Phys.
Rev. A 70, 032315 (2004). 
Quantum correlations, computation and (quantum) phase transitions 
Speaker: 
Janet Anders, University College London, UK. 
Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
Quantum particles have the ability to be very closely
correlated, a phenomenon called entanglement. I will first explain
how its presence can assist in performing computational tasks. For
instance, a calculator with limited logical operations is boosted
beyond its own capabilities to a full power computer when given
access to quantum correlated particles. Moreover, with the help
of quantum correlations a single quantum particle can be used as an
external control to evolve and measure any quantum system remotely.
While these are man made, externally controlled applications of
quantum correlations one can wonder if existing natural processes
exploit their power. Indeed quantum fields and other manybody
models support entanglement at a macroscopic scale below a specific
transition temperature. The role of the entanglement here is to
help “squeeze” the energy below the classical level, by forcing
collective behaviour. This links the presence of entanglement in
natural systems to the occurrence of BoseEinstein condensation
and quantum phase transitions. 
Quantum computing with collective ensembles of multilevel systems 
Speaker: 
Etienne Brion, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, Orsay. 
Date: 
Friday, April 16, 2010, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
We propose a new physical approach for encoding and processing of quantum
information in ensembles of multilevel quantum systems, where the
different bits are not carried by individual particles but associated with
the collective population of different internal levels. One and twobit
gates are implemented by collective internal state transitions taking
place in the presence of an excitation blockade mechanism, which restricts
the population of each internal state to the values zero and unity.
Quantum computers with 1020 bits can be built via this scheme in single
trapped clouds of ground state atoms subject to the Rydberg excitation
blockade mechanism, and the linear dependence between register size and
the number of internal quantum states in atoms offers realistic means to
reach larger registers. (Coauthors: L.H. Pedersen, K. Mølmer & M. Saffman.) 
FiberOptic Quantum Communications and Information Processing 
Speaker: 
Prem Kumar, Northwestern University, USA. 
Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2010, 14:30.
Location: Solbosch, building C, 3rd floor, OPERAPhotonics 
Abstract: 
Recognizing the ubiquitous standard optical fiber for longdistance transmission and the
widespread availability of efficient active and passive fiber devices, there are significant
efforts underway to develop practical resources for quantum communications and
information processing in optical fiber networks. Entanglement, which refers to the
nonclassical dependency of physically separated quantum systems, is one such resource
that is essential for implementing many of the novel functions of quantum information
processing. Therefore, the efficient generation and distribution of quantum entanglement
in fiber optical systems is of prime importance. Entanglement has been historically
produced by use of the spontaneous parametric downconversion process in secondorder
nonlinear crystals, wherein one higherfrequency pump photon splits into two lowerfrequency
daughter photons which can be entangled. Coupling such downconverted
photons into optical fibers without degrading entanglement, however, has remained a
challenging task. Fortunately, the prospects for ready availability of entanglement in the
telecom band have dramatically improved in the last few years by the emergence of a
new technique for generating entanglement directly in the fiber itself. This technique
utilizes the Kerr nonlinearity of standard optical fiber to produce quantum correlated
photons through the spontaneous fourwave mixing process. The correlated photons can
be entangled in various ways by incorporating indistinguishable pathways in the fourwave
mixing amplitude. In this lecture, I will review the status of this field by describing
recent experiments that demonstrate the generation and distribution of quantum
entanglement is wavedivision multiplexed optical fiber systems. I will also present some
recent results on utilizing such entanglement for quantum communications and
information processing tasks. 
Block entropy analysis by lumping: Measuring the uncomputable 
Speaker: 
Kostas Karamanos, University of Athens, Greece. 
Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2010, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
A given finite sequence of letters over a finite alphabet can always be algorithmically generated, in particular by a Turing machine. This fact is at the heart of complexity theory in the sense of Kolmogorov and Chaitin. A relevant question in this context is whether, given a statistically sufficiently long sequence, there exists a deterministic finite automaton that generates it. We will present a simple criterion, based on measuring block entropies by lumping, which is satisfied by all automatic sequences. On the basis of this, one can determine that a given sequence is not automatic and obtain interesting information when the sequence is automatic. Following previous work on the Feigenbaum sequence, we give a necessary entropybased condition valid for all automatic sequences read by lumping. Applications of these ideas to representative examples are discussed. In particular, we establish new entropic decimation schemes for the ThueMorse, the RudinShapiro and the paperfolding sequences read by lumping. 
A pictorial approach to measurementbased quantum computing 
Speaker: 
Ross Duncan, University of Oxford, UK. 
Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 16:00. 
Abstract: 
Recent work in the foundations of quantum mechanics carried out in Oxford has emphasised the role that algebraic structures  hidden in Hilbert space  play in various stereotypically quantum behaviours. I will demonstrate the role that these structures can play in elucidating the most “intrinsically quantum” computing model, that of measurement based quantum computation via a series of diagrammatic proofs demonstrating: the equivalence of various entangled quantum states, and correctness of various measurementbased quantum computations. 
Methods for estimating transmission characteristics of Gaussian quantum channels with memory 
Speaker: 
Oleg Pilyavets, P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia. 
Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2009, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Methods for analytical and numerical estimation of classical capacity for lossy bosonic Gaussian channel with memory are proposed. The methods above are also demonstrated to be useful for calculating of achievable rates. New phenomena namely, violations of quadrature and mode symmetries for classical capacity are explained. The role of channel memory is analyzed. Relation between quantum channels problems and quantum tomography (probability representation) is discussed for continuous variable and spin systems. 
Proof of principle of a new algorithm for factoring arbitrary numbers with a single recorded interferogram 
Speaker: 
Vincenzo Tamma, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. 
Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
We factorize, in a single experiment, up to a eightdigits number, using a new factorization algorithm, based on the polychromatic optical interference in a continuous truncated exponential sum (CTES) interferometer. We demonstrate that this algorithm allows, in principle, to factorize arbitrary numbers exploiting the periodicity of a single recorded CTES interferogram. 
Dissipation in Laplacian fields across irregular boundaries 
Speaker: 
Kostas Karamanos, University of Athens, Greece. 
Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
The entropy production associated to a Laplacian field distributed across irregular boundaries is studied. In the context of the active zone approximation an explicit expression is given for the entropy production in terms of geometry, whose relation to the variational formulation is discussed. It is shown that the entropy production diminishes for successive prefractal generations of the same fractal generator, so that the final fractal object is expected to dissipate less than all previous ones. The relevance of this result in the abundance of fractal surfaces or interfaces observed in nature is discussed. 
Positive Wigner functions and uncertainty relation in the space of mixed states 
Speaker: 
Aikaterini Mandilara, QuIC. 
Date: 
Friday, June 19, 2009, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
According to Hudson's theorem, any pure quantum state with a positive Wigner function is necessarily a Gaussian state. In addition, it is well known that Gaussian states are the only pure states which satisfy the Heisenberg uncertainty relation. In this talk, recent results will be presented on the extension of Hudson's theorem to mixed onedimensional quantum states with a positive Wigner function. These results permit us to reproduce and extend the “Puritybounded uncertainty relationship” for mixed quantum states and shed light on the connection of these two fundamental problems. Possible applications to the problem of generating nonGaussian states with nonpositive Wigner functions in continuousvariable quantum information will be also presented. 
Repeatable quantum memory channels 
Speaker: 
Tomas Rybar, Research Center for Quantum Information, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia. 
Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2009, 10:00. 
Abstract: 
Within the framework of quantum memory channels, we introduce the notion of repeatability of quantum channels. In particular, a quantum channel is called repeatable if there exists a memory device implementing the same channel on each individual input. We show that random unitary channels can be implemented in a repeatable fashion, whereas the nonunital channels cannot. 
On continuous variable quantum algorithms for oracle identification problems 
Speaker: 
Barry Sanders, iCORE Chair of Quantum Information Science, University of Calgary, Canada. 
Date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 15:00. 
Abstract: 
We establish a framework for oracle identification problems in the
continuous variable setting, where the stated problem necessarily is the same as in the discrete variable case. Continuous variables are
manifested through a continuous representation in an infinitedimensional
Hilbert space. We apply this formalism to the DeutschJozsa problem and show that, due to an uncertainty relation between
the continuous representation and its Fouriertransform dual representation, the corresponding DeutschJozsa algorithm is
probabilistic hence forbids an exponential speedup. 
Capacity of a Bosonic channel with GaussMarkov memory 
Speaker: 
Joachim Schäfer, QuIC. 
Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 14:30. 
Abstract: 
We present the model of a GaussMarkov memory and derive the capacity
of a classical and a quantum channel with such a memory: the Gaussian additivenoise channel and a bosonic Gaussian noise
channel. For both cases, we show that the capacity is found by a socalled “water filling” solution, and present explicit results
in certain input power regions. Finally, we show that the results for the quantum channel translate in the classical limit
to the results for its classical counterpart. 
Coherentstate quantum key distribution with multiletter alphabets 
Speaker: 
Denis Sych, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany. 
Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:00. 
On Symmetric InformationallyComplete PositiveOperator Valued Measures (SIC POVMs) 
Speaker: 
Thomas Durt, TONA, VUB. 
Date: 
Friday, June 27, 2008, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
SIC POVMs present interesting applications in Quantum Tomography.
Covariant SIC POVMs under the HeisenbergWeyl group are of particular interest and have been the object of intensive
research. They seemingly exist for all finite dimensions, although most often their existence was merely established by numerical methods. Moreover they satisfy a property that was conjectured by
Zauner, the socalled Zauner's conjecture. As has been shown by Appleby and Fuchs, in prime dimensions p, they minimize the quadratic
Renyi entropy averaged over a maximal set of p+1 Mutually Unbiased Bases. 
Thick Quantum Hologram 
Speaker: 
Denis Vasilyev, V. A. Fock Physics Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia. 
Date: 
Thursday, April 24, 2008, 15:00. 
Quantum compatible information as an effective tool for physical problems 
Speaker: 
Denis Sych, MaxPlanck Research Group,
Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics,
University of ErlangenNuremberg, Germany. 
Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 10:00. 
Abstract: 
We present a special measure of quantum information  quantum
compatible information. It is shown that it can be effectively used
in analysis of various physical problems. We discuss the basic ideas
and properties of quantum compatible information, along with several
examples of its application, including analysis of structure and
properties of bipartite quantum states, calculation of quantum
information exchange between dipoledipole interacting atoms or
molecules, improving of quantum key distribution protocols, etc. 
Quantum gates by adiabatic passage 
Speaker: 
Xavier Lacour, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. 
Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2007, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
Adiabatic passage is a powerful technique that allows the manipulation of atomic populations in a robust way, in the sense that it is insensitive to fluctuations of experimental parameters or to partial knowledge of the system. We will present some new strategies to implement universal sets of gates, based on adiabatic processes of STIRAP type. We will also present some designs that allow the implementation of specific more complex operations, in a faster way than by the composition of elementary gates of a universal set. 
Phase space methods for discrete quantum systems 
Speaker: 
David Gross, Imperial College, UK. 
Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
In this talk, I will highlight the similarities between various structures
for discrete and continuous variable systems. All these objects have
connections to (discrete or continuous) phase spaces. E.g. we will see
that stabilizer states are a natural analogue of Gaussian pure states in
that both a) have state vectors described by quadratic forms, b) are the
unique pure states to allow for nonnegative Wigner functions c) minimize
suitable entropic uncertainty relations d) exhibit nontrivial
entanglement structures despite having an efficient classical description.
Depending on the interests of the audience, I can address the relation of
Gaussian operations with the Clifford group, properties of discrete Wigner
functions or potential shortcomings of the analogy for mixed states. 
On quantum de Finetti theorems 
Speaker: 
Robert Koenig, CQC, University of Cambridge, UK. 
Date: 
Monday, March 19, 2007, 16:30. 
Abstract: 
In its most basic form, the finite quantum de Finetti theorem states that
the reduced kpartite density operator of an npartite symmetric state can
be approximated by a convex combination of kfold product states. I will
discuss various forms of this statement including Renner's “exponential”
approximation by “almostproduct”states, the highestweight theorem which
deals with certain triples of representations of the unitary group, and
D'Cruz et al.'s result for infinitedimensional systems. I will show how
these theorems follow from a single de Finettitype statement when applied
to the corresponding symmetry group. This gives some insight into the nature
of the set of approximating states, and leads to a new “exponential” theorem
for coherent states. (Joint work with Graeme Mitchison.) 
Limites quantiques de la résolution optique et l'information à priori 
Speaker: 
Mikhail Kolobov, PhLAM, Université de Lille 1, France. 
Date: 
Friday, January 19, 2007, 11:00. 
Search via quantum walk 
Speaker: 
Jérémie Roland, QuIC. 
Date: 
Friday, December 8, 2006, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
By suppressing details, any search problem may be cast as the problem of finding a “marked” element from
a set X with n elements. Let M^X be the set of marked elements. One approach to finding from M, if it is
not empty, is to repeatedly sample from X uniformly until a marked element is picked. A more costeﬀective
approach reuses resources expended in generating the ﬁrst sample (time, random bits, blackbox queries,
etc.) by simulating the steps of a Markov chain with state space X to generate the next sample. This
approach often takes advantage of some structure present in the ground set X and the Markov chain, and
leads to a more eﬃcient algorithm. In this talk, we study quantum analogues of this randomized scheme.
In particular, we propose a new method for designing quantum search algorithms for finding a “marked” element
in the state space of a classical Markov chain. The algorithm is based on a quantum walk à la Szegedy [FOCS'04, pp 3241]
that is defined in terms of the Markov chain. The main new idea is to apply quantum phase estimation to the quantum walk
in order to implement an approximate reflection operator, which is used in an amplitude amplification scheme.
(Joint work with F. Magniez, A. Nayak and M. Santha.)
arXiv: quantph/0608026 
CasimirPolder intermolecular forces 
Speaker: 
Roberto Passante, University of Palermo, Italy. 
Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2006, 9:00. 
Hyperentangled twophoton states for quantum communication applications 
Speaker: 
Marco Barbieri, Quantum Optics Group,
Department of Physics, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy. 
Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2006, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Two photon states entangled in polarization and momentum, hyperentangled, have been generated by using linear optics and a single Type I nonlinear crystal. These states have been completely characterized and their nonlocal behaviour has been verified by independent Bell's inequalities tests performed in the two degrees of freedom of entanglement and by an “all versus nothing” test of local realism. The manipulation of these states may represent a useful control in quantum state engineering and Bell state measurements and, more in general, in Quantum Information applications. (Joint work with F. De Martini
and P. Mataloni.) 
Quantum realizability criteria for joint probabilities 
Speaker: 
Stefano Pironio, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain. 
Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:00. 
Abstract: 
We introduce a family of criteria for a distribution of joint
probabilities P(abxy) to be interpreted as the probabilities for two separate observers to obtain outcomes a and b when making local measurements x and y on a shared quantum state. Each test in the family
is a semidefinite program, a particular convex optimization problem for which powerful computational methods exist. These tests can be ordered
in a hierarchical structure, each test being at least as powerful as the preceding one. The hierarchy is complete in the sense that any nonquantum probability distribution necessarily fails a test at some
point in the hierarchy. Our approach can be used to obtain upperbounds on the quantum violation of arbitrary Bell inequalities. It yields, for
instance, tight bounds for the violation of the Collins et al inequalities. 
Local equivalence of stabilizer states 
Speaker: 
Maarten Van den Nest, ESAT, KULeuven. 
Date: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Stabilizer states are multiparty quantum states that are of interest in several important applications in quantum information theory, such as
quantum errorcorrection and measurementbased quantum computation. It is well known that stabilizer states have a high degree of genuine
multiparty entanglement, and that this entanglement is one of the key
ingredients responsible for the success with which stabilizer states
are used in their applications. Therefore, a detailed study of the multipartite entanglement properties of stabilizer states is called for.
When considering the entanglement properties of stabilizer states,
a natural subject is a study of the action of local operations on
stabilizer states and a classification of stabilizer states under local
equivalence. In our PhD we have performed a systematic study of this
topic and in this talk an overview of our work is given. We provide
answers to basic questions in the context of local equivalence of
stabilizer states, such as: when are two stabilizer states equal up to a
local transformation? Can one efficiently decide whether two stabilizer
states are locally equivalent? What are the relevant local invariants?
How is the action of a local transformation on a graph state translated
into an action on the underlying graph? A central, very recent result is
a proof that the notions of SLOCC equivalence, local unitary equivalence
and local Clifford equivalence all coincide for stabilizer states,
showing that there is in fact only one type of local equivalence
of stabilizer states. The proof that local unitary equivalence of
stabilizer states coincides with local Clifford equivalence (joint work
with David Gross, Imperial College, London) has been obtained very
recently and settles a conjecture that has been around for several years. 
Adiabatic passage for quantum information 
Speaker: 
Stephane Guerin, Laboratoire de Physique, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France. 
Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2005, 15:00. 
Abstract: 
Adiabatic passage techniques for the control of atomic and molecular
processes by laser and cavity fields will be presented. I will then
discuss applications to quantum information processes such as
the generation of photon number states on demand,
entangled states and quantum gates in a cavity. 
Nonsignalling correlations and Quantum Mechanics 
Speaker: 
Nick Jones, QUIC and University of Bristol, UK 
Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 14:30. 
Abstract: 
I will discuss some specific results which suggest that
there might be a unit resource of all bipartite nonlocality. I will also
try to give the audience a broad feel for nonsignalling theories and why
they should be interesting to physicists. I will then mention some areas
which I am investigating at the moment. This will involve a discussion of
some of the following: the dynamics of nonsignalling distributions,
using nonsignalling resources to simulate quantum states, and ideas
concerning distillation and causality. 
Simuler un POVM à l'aide de boîtes non locales et de communication classique 
Speaker: 
Julien Degorre, Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI), Orsay, France 
Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2005, 14:30. 
Abstract: 
Une paire de boîtes non locales est un gadget qui prend deux bits
(x et y) en entrée et qui produit deux bits (a et b) en sortie,
de telle sorte que la parité de a et b est toujours égale
à la conjonction de x et y. La magie, bien sûr, vient du fait
qu'une des boîtes produit a à partir de x seulement alors que
l'autre produit b à partir de y, et que ces deux boîtes ne
communiquent pas! Impossible, direzvous? Eh bien vous avez raison
même si les boîtes partagent une quantité
illimitée d'intrication!
Une utilisation de cette ressource non locale est strictement plus
faible que la communication d'un bit classique. On sait pourtant que
toute paire de mesures projectives (von Neumann) sur une paire EPR
partagée peut être simulée par une seule utilisation
d'une paire de boîtes non locales (CerfGisinMassarPopescu04).
Qu'en estil de la simulation d'une paire de POVM sur un paire EPR
partagée? (Simulation qu'on sait déjà; faire par la
transmission espérée de 6 bits classique (Methot03).)
Je présenterai un résultat, qui répond à
cette question si on permet également un peu de communication
classique. Aprés avoir introduit les boîtes non locales,
je présenterai un protocole qui permet de simuler
les POVM avec, en moyenne, 4 bits de communication et 2 utilisations de
boîtes non locales. Le fait d'utiliser les boîtes non locales
rend à mon goût le protocole plus joli, plus symétrique,
et pourrait donner une nouvelle intuition sur le probléme.
Le compromis à faire entre le nombre d'utilisations de boîtes non
locales et le nombre de bits de communication sera discuté,
ainsi que le rôle de chacune de ces ressources. 
Key distillation from Gaussian states by Gaussian operations 
Speaker: 
Miguel Navascués, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain 
Date: 
Friday, January 21, 2005, 10:00. 
Macroscopic Phenomena of Quantum Entanglement. 
Speaker: 
Caslav Brukner, University of Vienna, Austria 
Date: 
Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 14:30. 
Abstract: 
It is commonly believed that for the understanding of the behaviour of large, macroscopic, objects there is no need to invoke any genuine quantum entanglement. We show that this belief is fundamentally mistaken and that entanglement is crucial to correctly describe some macroscopic properties of solids. We demonstrate that macroscopic thermodynamical properties  such as internal energy, heat capacity or magnetic susceptibility  can detect quantum entanglement in solids in the thermodynamical limit even at nonzero temperatures. We identify the parameter regions (critical values of magnetic field and temperature) within which entanglement is witnessed by these thermodynamical quantities. Finally, we demonstrate that two different experiments performed in 1963 and in 2000 clearly and conclusively indicate that
entanglement exits in macroscopic samples of Cooper Nitrate at temperatures below 5 Kelvin. 
Lossless quantum compression. 
Speaker: 
Caroline Rogers, University of Warwick, UK 
Date: 
Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
Classical lossless compression is an everyday application for compressing
files so that they can be stored efficiently on a hard disc or sent
efficiently in a compressed form over the internet.
Lossless classical compression uses a variable length code to encode
commonly occurring strings with short code words, reducing the length of
the encoding on average to the Shannon entropy of the source of the
strings. If two quantum strings in superposition are encoded with a
variable length code, the encoded string may be in a superposition of two
different lengths. Thus, when mixtures of nonorthogonal quantum strings
are encoded with variable length codes, the encoded states may have
indeterminate lengths.
For lossless coding, the entire superposition must be left intact and the
longest part of the superposition is used to measure the length of the
encoded string. The minimal average length of an encoding for a mixture
is called the lossless entropy of the mixture. The lossless entropy of a
mixture can be different for two mixtures with the same density operator
and decreases towards the von Neumann entropy when the mixtures represent
good purifications. Lossless entropy does not represent any obseravable in
a quantum system, however many open questions such as entanglement
catalysis try to transform one state into another losslessly subject to
some conditions. Perhaps lossless entropy might be useful in tackling some
of these open questions. 
Extremal covariant maps and optimal cloning of a couple of mutually unbiased bases 
Speaker: 
Giulio Chiribella, University of Pavia, Italy 
Date: 
Monday, November 22, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 

A general solution to the Mean King's problem in prime power dimensions, Bell states and mutually unbiased bases 
Speaker: 
Thomas Durt, TONA, VUB 
Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
When the dimension N of a finite dimensional Hilbert space is
a prime power p^m (with p a prime number, and m a positive integer)
it is possible to obtain a set of N+1 mutually unbiased bases. They
generalize the X, Y, and Z qubit bases, and are associated to a
discrete group of unitary transformations that generalizes the sigma
operators of Pauli. This group, which is a discrete version of the
HeisenbergWeyl group (sometimes called Pauli group), contains N2</sup> elements
which are in one to one correspondence with (socalled) Bell states;
it is generated by discrete realisations of spatial translations
and Galilean boosts. When the dimension N is a prime power p^{m}, there exists a finite field of N elements. We derive a new way to express the mutually unbiased bases in terms of the (operations of the) associated finite field of N elements. We also derive the transformation law for the Bell states when a basis transforms into a mutually unbiased basis. In prime dimensions, this reduces to a wellknown property of the Jacobi or Clifford group.
All this leads to a new solution to the Mean King's problem in arbitrary prime power dimensions, that is, it provides a way to ascertain the values of N+1 observables that are maximally complementary in the sense that they are diagonal in mutually unbiased bases. 
The Second Law and the Holevo Bound 
Speaker: 
Koji Maruyama, QUIC 
Date: 
Monday, November 8, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
Thermodynamics is a macroscopic physical theory whose two very
general laws are independent of any underlying dynamical laws and structures.
Nevertheless, its generality enables us to understand a broad spectrum of
phenomena in physics, information science, and biology. Recently, it has been
realised that information storage and processing based on quantum mechanics
can be much more efficient than their classical counterpart. What general
bound on storage of quantum information does thermodynamics imply? We show
that thermodynamics implies a weaker bound than the quantum mechanical one
(the Holevo bound). In other words, if any postquantum physics should
allow more information storage, it could still be under the umbrella of
thermodynamics. 
Entanglement, Critical Phenomena, and RG Flows 
Speaker: 
Enrique Rico Ortega, University of Barcelona 
Date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
A microscopic calculation of ground state entanglement for several spin
models shows the emergence of universal scaling behavior at quantum phase
transitions. Entanglement is thus controlled by conformal symmetry. Away
from the critical point, entanglement gets saturated by a mass scale. We
also explore entanglement loss along renormalization group trajectories
which is seen to follow from a rigid reordering of the eigenvalues of the
reduced density matrix for the spin block. 
Zeno effect and nondecaying subspaces in unstable quantum systems 
Speaker: 
Evgueni Karpov, Instituts Internationaux de Physique et de Chimie Solvay 
Date: 
Friday, October 15, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
Nonexponential shorttime behaviour of the survival probability of quantum
unstable states is the origin of the Zeno effect (slowing down the decay by
measurement). It is one of potential means for struggling decoherence in
quantum computations. We have studied this effect in the frame of the
FriedrichsFano model for different form factors. We have shown that this
probability is not necessarily analytic at the time origin. The time when
the quantumZeno effect could be observed is found to be much smaller than
usually estimated. We examine and compare different definitions of the Zeno
time. We have also have estimated the duration of the antiZeno period. In
the framework of the Nlevel Friedrichs model, we demonstrate that the Zeno
era can be considerably enlarged by proper choice of the system parameters.
We show that in degenerated and nearly degenerated systems the decay can be
considerably slowed down or even stopped by appropriate choice of initial
conditions. 
Variational perturbation theory 
Speaker: 
Axel Pelster, University of Essen, Germany 
Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2004, 14:00. 
Abstract: 
The talk provides an introduction to variational perturbation theory,
which converts divergent weakcoupling series into convergent
strongcoupling series. We elaborate this theory by approximating the
groundstate energy of the anharmonic oscillator for all coupling
strengths. Then, we determine analytically the proportionality constant
in the pressure law of a membrane which thermally fluctuates between two
walls. Furthermore, we determine the quantum statistical effective classical
potential of the hydrogen atom in a homogeneous magnetic field for all
temperatures and field strengths. Finally, we locate the quantum phase
transition for a homogeneous Bose gas in the plane of swave scattering
length a_s and temperature T. 
Experimental quantum key distribution over highly noisy channels 
Speaker: 
LouisPhilippe Lamoureux, QUIC 
Date: 
Thursday, September 16, 2004, 12:30. 
Abstract: 
We present an experiment which enables two parties to perform
secure quantum key distribution over a noisy communication channel.
The security of the key distribution is achieved by using a method called
“error filtration”, which makes it possible to reduce the quantum bit error
rate from a value where the key distribution is insecure to a value where
it is provably secure. The idea behind error filtration is multiplexing,
i.e. using more transmission channels than necessary to send a quantum state.
We introduce the idea by giving an intuitive approach, then move on to present
an optical implementation of error filtration, and conclude with some general
remarks. 
On the multiplicativity of the maximal output purities of Gaussian channels 
Speaker: 
Alessio Serafini, University of Salerno, Italy 
Date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 12:30. 
Abstract: 
We address the question of the multiplicativity of the maximal
output purity (evaluated by pnorms) of bosonic Gaussian channels under
Gaussian inputs. Such a question amounts to asking whether, given a tensor
product of “parallel” channels, input entanglement can help to better
preserve the coherence of the global output state. We consider products
of singlemode channels resulting from symplectic dilations (i.e. from
quadratic hamiltonians acting on larger Hilbert spaces). We show that the
maximal output purity under Gaussian inputs is multiplicative for any p>1
on a large class of product channels and for p=2 on all channels consisting
of products of singlemode channels. Our results strongly suggest
the general multiplicativity of the Gaussian maximal output purity for
any p and tensor products of single mode channels. 
Quantum correlations: knowledge excesses and Bell inequalities 
Speaker: 
Radim Filip, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 12:30. 
Abstract: 
A constraint restricting two complementary knowledge excesses
measured on a single copy of a mixed state of two qubits (signal S and meter M)
is derived. The complementary knowledge excesses quantify the enhancement of
ability to predict a result of a pair of complementary projective measurements
on the qubit S utilizing data from the projective measurements performed
on the qubit M. For any mixed state and for arbitrary measurements, the
knowledge excesses are bounded by maximum of the violation of Bell inequalities
under singlecopy local operations. This result is experimentally demonstrated
on twophoton Werner states prepared by means of spontaneous parametric
downconversion. 
Programmable quantum multimeters and their optical implementations 
Speaker: 
Miloslav Dusek, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
Date: 
Monday, April 26, 2004, 11:00. 
Abstract: 
Programmable quantum multimeters are devices that can realize any
generalized quantum measurement from a chosen set (either exactly or
approximately). Their main feature is that the desired positive operator
valued measure is selected by the quantum state of a program register. In
particular, programmable quantum devices that can accomplish any projective
measurement on a single qubit are described. There are two limit cases:
Deterministic devices giving an erroneous result from time to time and
probabilistic devices that operate errorfree but sometimes lead to an
inconclusive result. Another example of a quantum multimeter is a
programmable device for unambiguous discrimination of pairs of
nonorthogonal states. Simple optical implementations of some of these
devices are proposed and experimental results are presented. 
Thermodynamical Detection of Entanglement by Maxwell's Demons
(and some demonic implications) 
Speaker: 
Koji Maruyama, Imperial College, UK 
Date: 
Monday, April 19, 2004, 12:30. 
Abstract: 
Entangled states are said to be more correlated than classically correlated
states. Besides tasks in information processing, can we make use of this
excess correlation in entanglement to do something physically useful?
Generalising classical Szilard's engine, we show we can devise a
thermodynamical process that reveals the usefulness of entanglement. The
idea leads to the “thermodynamical separability criterion”, which can be seen
as a kind of entanglement witness with locally observable quantities.
We will also give an analysis on whether we can derive results in quantum
information theory by taking an axiomatic approach from the Second Law of
thermodynamics, combining with the above process. 
The nosignalling condition and key distribution 
Speaker: 
Jonathan Barrett, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 12:30 
Abstract: 
It is well known that measurements performed on spatially
separated, entangled quantum systems can give rise to correlations that are
nonlocal, in the sense of violating a Belltype inequality. It is also known
that these correlations can be a useful resource, e.g., in communication
complexity scenarios. In this talk, we describe a new use for nonlocal
correlations. They can be used as the basis for a key distribution protocol
that is secure even against an eavesdropper who can break the laws of
quantum mechanics, as long as superluminal signalling is impossible.
In particular, we show that (i) quantum correlations can give security
against individual attacks by such eavesdroppers and (ii) a hypothetical
set of correlations, more nonlocal than quantum mechanics allows, can give
security against collective attacks by such eavesdroppers. We leave open
the question of whether a quantum protocol with security against collective
attacks exists. 
Frequency downconversion through Bose condensation of light 
Speaker: 
Patrick Navez, QUIC 
Date: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 12:00 
Abstract: 
We propose an experimental setup allowing to convert an input
light of wavelengths about 12 micron into an output light of a lower
frequency. The basic principle of operating relies on the nonlinear optical
properties exhibited by a microcavity filled with a photonic bandgap material.
The light inside this material behaves like an interacting Bose gas
susceptible to reach thermal equilibrium and create a BoseEinstein
condensate. Theoretical estimations show that, using a fiber grating,
a conversion of a 1micron into a 1.5micron wavelength is achieved
with an input pulse of about 1 ns and characterized by a peak power
of 10^3 W. 
Kinetic Theory of a Bose Condensed Gas 
Speaker: 
Patrick Navez, QUIC 
Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2004, 14:30 
Abstract: 
From the microscopic theory, we derive a number conserving quantum kinetic equation, valid for a dilute Bose gas at any temperature, in which the binary collisions between the quasiparticles are mediated by phononlike excitations (called ``condenson''). This different approach starts from the manybody Hamiltonian of a Boson gas and uses, in an appropriate way, the generalized random phase approximation (resumation of the ring diagramms). As a result, the collision term of the kinetic equation contains higherorder contributions in the expansion in the interaction parameter. This different expansion shows up that a scattering involves the emission and the absorption of a phononlike excitation. The major interest of this particular mechanism is that, in a regime where the condensate is stable, the collision process between condensed and non condensed particles is totally blocked due to a total annihilation of the mutual interaction potential induced by the condensate itself. As a consequence, the condensate is not constrained to relax and can be superfluid. Furthermore, a Boltzmannlike Htheorem for the entropy exists for this equation and allows to distinguish between dissipative and non dissipative phenomena (like vortices). We also illustrate the analogy between this approach and the kinetic theory for a plasma, in which the excitations correspond precisely to a plasmon. Finally, we show the equivalence of this theory with the nonnumber conserving Bogoliubov theory at zero temperature. 
Two aspects of nonlocality: classical production cost and extremal nosignalling correlations. 
Speaker: 
Stefano Pironio, QUIC 
Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2003, 12:00 
Abstract: 
Considering nonlocality as a resource, we examine two questions. First, what is the cost of producing it by classical means, i.e., with communication? Second, what are the maximal nonlocal correlations? 
An experimental implementation of quantum coin tossing 
Speaker: 
LouisPhilippe Lamoureux, QUIC 
Date: 
Thursday, December 11, 2003, 12:00 
Interaction, entanglement, and the classical limit 
Speaker: 
Thomas Durt, TONA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2003, 12:00 
Abstract: 
We briefly define quantum entanglement and present a troubling property associated with it: nonlocality. We show that two interacting systems that are initially nonentangled remain so during the interaction provided that the Hamiltonian does not couple them to biorthogonal states. Then, we prove that nonentangling Hamiltonians (for all nonentangled states) are de facto separable; in other words, there is no interaction without entanglement. Finally, we show that, in simple cases, the nonentangling regime corresponds to our classical conceptions about what physicists call particles. This confirms the predictability sieve criterion of Zurek, defined in the framework of the decoherence approach, according to which classical islands correspond to the regions of the Hilbert space where the (quantum) information of the reduced system is maximal. 
Special QUIC seminar 
Speaker: 
Thomas Durt, TONA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Date: 
Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 12:00 
Abstract: 
For this special QUIC seminar, Thomas Durt will comment the video tape of a program on classical (but also quantum!) cryptography that was broadcast by the Vlaamse Television (Canvas, VRT) in the beginning of 2003. This program (called “Over Leven”) stars people from the VUB (including Thomas Durt) and also made a few shots in the ULB optics lab where quantum information experiments are being carried out. 
Statistical algorithmic compressibility analysis of DNA sequences. Towards algorithmic laws for Biology? 
Speaker: 
Kostas Karamanos, CENOLI, ULB 
Date: 
Monday, September 22, 2003, 12:00 
On the existence of mutually unbiased bases in arbitrary dimensions 
Speaker: 
Claude Archer, Service de Mathématique,
Ecole Polytechnique, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, September 12, 2003, 12:00 
Entanglement and spin squeezing in a quantum phase transition 
Speaker: 
Guillaume Palacios, Groupe de Physique
des Solides, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Jussieu, France 
Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 3 pm 
Cloning the Entanglement of Quantum States 
Speaker: 
LouisPhilippe Lamoureux, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2003, 12:00 
NonGaussian Cloning of Gaussian States 
Speaker: 
Patrick Navez, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 12:00 
Quantum coin tossing in the presence of noise 
Speaker: 
Jonathan Barrett, QUIC 
Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2003, 12:00 
Abstract: 
Although quantum coin tossing is known to be impossible in the ideal case, quantum mechanics can offer levels of partial security that are impossible classically without invoking extra assumptions. Hence it is useful to investigate the possibility of carrying out quantum coin tossing in realistic situations where noise will be present. The presence of noise, however, turns out to have considerable security implications that require a rethinking of the problem. This leads us to consider the generation of random nbit strings, as opposed to singleshot coin tosses. We will consider an explicit protocol for the generation of random nbit strings and show that security, guaranteed by the laws of physics alone, can be obtained even when noise is present. The amount of security is quantitatively related to noise levels. 
Construction of a Shared Secret Key Using Continuous Variables 
Speaker: 
Jean Cardinal (Computer Science Departement, ULB) and Gilles Van Assche (QUIC) 
Date: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2003, 12:00 
Abstract: 
Motivated by recent advances in quantum cryptography with continuous variables, we study the problem of extracting a shared digital secret key from two correlated real values. Alice has access to a real value X_{A}, and Bob to another value X_{B} such that I(X_{A}; X_{B})>0. They wish to convert their values into a shared secret digital information while leaking as little information as possible to Eve. We show how the problem can be decomposed in two subproblems known in other contexts. The first is the design of a quantizer that maximizes a mutual information criterion, the second is known as coding with side information. 
An Introduction to Godel's Incompleteness Theorem 
Speaker: 
Bruno Marchal, IRIDIA, ULB 
Date: 
Friday, 14 December, 2001, 2:30 pm 
Abstract: 
We propose a relatively simple proof of Godel's incompleteness theorem. The proof will give some conceptual motivation for the Church Turing Thesis, and provide clues on why universal computer are “really” universal. We will end up with suggestions about a possible application on Universal Quantum Computing. 
Quantum game theory 
Speaker: 
Jiangfeng Du, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, P.R. China 
Date: 
Wednesday, 5 December, 2001, 2:30 pm 
Abstract: 
Game theory is a theory of decision making, which provides powerful tools for investigating situations in which several parties make desisions according to their personal interest. I will give an account of how the parties would decide in a situation which involves contest, rivalry, or struggle. Such gametheory problems have been found to be relevant to social science, biology, or economics. Game theory was born in 1944 with the publication of the book “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior” by J. Von Neumann and O. Morgenstern. Recently, game theory was extended to the quantum world, and quantum strategies were discussed and shown to be powerful. In this talk, I will focus on the Prisoner's Dillema, a famous example in classical game theory, and I will introduce some recent results on quantum games. 
Bell inequalities for arbitrarily high dimensional systems 
Speaker: 
Serge Massar, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 16:00 
Abstract: 
We develop a novel approach to Bell inequalities based on a constraint that the correlations exhibited by local realistic theories must satisfy. This is used to construct a family of Bell inequalities for bipartite quantum systems of arbitrarily high dimensionality which are strongly resistant to noise. In particular our work gives an analytic description of numerical results of D. Kaszlikowski, P. Gnacinski, M. Zukowski, W. Miklaszewski, A. Zeilinger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 4418 (2000) and T. Durt, D. Kaszlikowski, M. Zukowski, quantph/0101084, and generalizes them to arbitrarily high dimensionality. 
A “mechanist” approach to the foundations of quantum mechanics 
Speaker: 
Bruno Marchal, IRIDIA, ULB 
Date: 
Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 14:00 
Abstract: 
The mechanist hypothesis makes possible selfduplication. This entails a form of indeterminacy from the point of view of the person who undertakes that selfduplication experiment. A comparison with some other form of physical indetermininacy will be proposed. In particular, we will show (without going into too much details) how to quantify that indeterminacy and how Hilbert spaces appears in that setting. 
Some interesting properties of quTrits in relation with nonlocality and quantum cryptography 
Speaker: 
Thomas Durt, TONA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Date: 
Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 14:00 
Abstract: 
Unbiased 2Nmultiport beamsplitters are devices with the following property: if a photon enters any single input port (out of the N), its chances of exit are equally split between all N output ports. Bell multiports are unbiased multiports with the distinguishing trait that the elements of their unitary transition matrix are solely powers of the Nth root of unity. When N =3, these Bell multiports possess very interesting properties in relation with nonlocality and quantum cryptography. The aim of the seminar is to present and discuss the advantages brought by these devices for quantum key distribution in comparison with existing quBits and quTrits protocols. 
Linear Optics Quantum Computation 
Speaker: 
Sara Schneider, QUIC 
Date: 
Friday, 11 May, 2001, 14:00 
Abstract: 
I will try to explain Linear Optics Quantum Computation (LOQC), a recent proposal by Knill, Laflamme and Milburn to implement quantum computation using only linear optics, measurement and feedback. The paper reference is Nature 409, 46 (2001). 
Optical information storage in an atomic medium 
Speaker: 
Sofyan Iblisdir, QUIC 
Date: 
Friday, 20 April, 2001, 16:00 
Abstract: 
We will present some recent results, showing how in Electromagnetically Induced Transparency, one can theoretically define a field which couples atomic and light excitations. In particular, we will see that information carried by a light pulse can be reversibly decelerated and stored into a collective state of atoms. A related recent experiment will be outlined too. 
Overview of Security Proofs for Quantum Key Distribution 
Speaker: 
Gilles Van Assche, QUIC 
Date: 
Thursday, 28 March, 2001, 16:00 
Abstract: 
Quantum Key Distribution is a novel way to make coffee in a secure way. Two persons, Alice and Bob, famous for their cafeine addiction, may secretly agree on the ratio of the various components of their favorite drink. In this presentation, we will simply outline the security proofs as found in the quantum information literature. We also hope to be able to precisely stress out on which assumption such proofs are based. 
Quantum computation based on the adiabatic evolution of the Hamiltonian 
Speaker: 
Jérémie Roland, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 4 pm 
On the reversible extraction of classical information from a quantum source 
Speaker: 
Andreas Winter, Universitaet Bielefeld, Germany 
Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2000, 11:00 
Some new results on quantum entanglement 
Speaker: 
Frank Verstraete and Koenraad Audenaert, K. U. Leuven 
Date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2000, 2:30 pm 
Simulations and measurements in ion trap quantum computers 
Speaker: 
Sara Schneider, QUIC 
Date: 
Tuesday, October 3, 2000, 2:30 pm 
Abstract: 
Quantum computers are, in a way, measurement devices which allow to perform and also simulate experiements. I will first give a short introduction into ion trap quantum computation. Then I will discuss how to use an ion trap quantum computer to simulate a 'trit' with two qubits and, as an application of this, propose a measurement of an SU(3) geometrical phase in ion traps. The last part will be concerned with the simulation of large angular momentum systems in ion traps. The focus will be on the Dickemodel, a model which includes coherent driving and collective decoherence of a set of twolevel systems. I will discuss the semiclassical dynamics of the system and show for the case of two qubits how entanglement arises. 
Quantum and/or classical secret sharing 
Speaker: 
Gilles Van Assche, QUIC 
Date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2000, 2:30 pm 