DIMACS TR: 2002-55

Local vs. joint measurements for the entanglement of assistance

Authors: T. Laustsen, F. Verstraete, and S. J. van Enk


We consider a variant of the entanglement of assistance, as independently introduced by D.P. DiVincenzo {\em et al.} ({\tt quant-ph/9803033}) and O. Cohen (Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 80}, 2493 (1998)). Instead of considering three-party states in which one of the parties, the assistant, performs a measurement such that the remaining two parties are left with on average as much entanglement as possible, we consider four-party states where two parties play the role of assistants. We answer several questions that arise naturally in this scenario, such as (i) how much more entanglement can be produced when the assistants are allowed to perform joint measurements, (ii) for what type of states are local measurements sufficient, (iii) is it necessary for the second assistant to know the measurement outcome of the first, and (iv) are projective measurements sufficient or are more general POVMs needed?

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