Evidence for bound entangled states with negative partial transpose

David P. DiVincenzo, Peter W. Shor, John A. Smolin, Barbara M. Terhal, Ashish V. Thapliyal

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We exhibit a two-parameter family of bipartite mixed states [Formula Presented] in a [Formula Presented] Hilbert space, which are negative under partial transposition (NPT), but for which we conjecture that no maximally entangled pure states in [Formula Presented] can be distilled by local quantum operations and classical communication (LQ+CC). Evidence for this undistillability is provided by the result that, for certain states in this family, we cannot extract entanglement from any arbitrarily large number of copies of [Formula Presented] using a projection on [Formula Presented] These states are canonical NPT states in the sense that any bipartite mixed state in any dimension with NPT can be reduced by LQ+CC operations to a NPT state of the [Formula Presented] form. We show that the main question about the distillability of mixed states can be formulated as an open mathematical question about the properties of composed positive linear maps.
Original languageEnglish
Article number062312
Pages (from-to)062313-1 - 062312-13
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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