Logarithmic coherence: Operational interpretation of 1 -norm coherence

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Research Article

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Physical Review A


We show that the distillable coherence - which is equal to the relative entropy of coherence - is, up to a constant factor, always bounded by the 1-norm measure of coherence (defined as the sum of absolute values of off diagonals). Thus the latter plays a similar role as logarithmic negativity plays in entanglement theory and this is the best operational interpretation from a resource-theoretic viewpoint. Consequently the two measures are intimately connected to another operational measure, the robustness of coherence. We find also relationships between these measures, which are tight for general states, and the tightest possible for pure and qubit states. For a given robustness, we construct a state having minimum distillable coherence.



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Open Access, Green

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