The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 291–296 | Cite as

Photon losses depending on polarization mixedness

Quantum Information


We introduce a quantum channel describing photon losses depending on the degree of polarization mixedness. This can be regarded as a model of quantum channel with correlated errors between discrete and continuous degrees of freedom. We consider classical information over a continuous alphabet encoded on weak coherent states as well as classical information over a discrete alphabet encoded on single photons using dual rail representation. In both cases we study the one-shot capacity of the channel and its behaviour in terms of correlation between losses and polarization mixedness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di CamerinoCamerinoItaly

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