Fine-Grained Quantum Uncertainty Relations

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Quantum theory predicts an inherent joint unpredictability for some pairs of measurements. For example, Heisenberg showed that the more precisely the position of a quantum particle is known, the less precisely its momentum can be known and vice versa. Uncertainty relations (URs) are mathematical expressions quantifying the constraints between the output probability distributions of the given sets of measurements. Typically, URs are expressed in terms of uncertainty quantifiers such as entropies. Based on an information-theoretic approach, we discovered a characterization that unifies all uncertainty quantifiers and thus, generalizes a large class of URs into a single framework. We also prove new URs that are fundamentally different from typical URs in that they are fine-grained; i.e. they set restrictions directly on the output probability distributions without using any particular uncertainty quantifiers. We used Majorization theory and other techniques such as matrix analysis to prove our fine-grained uncertainty relations.
Poostindouz, A. (2016). Fine-Grained Quantum Uncertainty Relations (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from doi:10.11575/PRISM/26179