This book is intended as an introductory textbook at graduate or advanced undergraduate level. Students with diverse backgrounds, in mathematics, physics and computer science, can use it to become acquainted with the quantum theory of information. Its scope is deliberately chosen to be not too broad, while being self-consistent and usable for a semester-long course for beginners. The subject is presented using a balanced mix of intuitive arguments and rigorous formalism. The emphasis is not on the physical interpretation, but rather on the formal and mathematical features of quantum information theory, in order to be accessible from different backgrounds, the only requirement being a basic knowledge of linear algebra. In particular, a background in quantum mechanics is not needed, since quantum theory is used as a mere mathematical framework without entering into physical interpretations. The book introduces all necessary concepts from quantum theory and classical information theory, to cover the elements of quantum Shannon theory: quantum states and channels, data compression and entropy, error correcting codes and channel capacities, as well as the basics of entanglement theory and quantum cryptography. Examples are provided to help the reader in understanding the different concepts, together with exercises at the end of each chapter.

A Quantum Leap in Information Theory

Stefano Mancini;
2020-01-01

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This book is intended as an introductory textbook at graduate or advanced undergraduate level. Students with diverse backgrounds, in mathematics, physics and computer science, can use it to become acquainted with the quantum theory of information. Its scope is deliberately chosen to be not too broad, while being self-consistent and usable for a semester-long course for beginners. The subject is presented using a balanced mix of intuitive arguments and rigorous formalism. The emphasis is not on the physical interpretation, but rather on the formal and mathematical features of quantum information theory, in order to be accessible from different backgrounds, the only requirement being a basic knowledge of linear algebra. In particular, a background in quantum mechanics is not needed, since quantum theory is used as a mere mathematical framework without entering into physical interpretations. The book introduces all necessary concepts from quantum theory and classical information theory, to cover the elements of quantum Shannon theory: quantum states and channels, data compression and entropy, error correcting codes and channel capacities, as well as the basics of entanglement theory and quantum cryptography. Examples are provided to help the reader in understanding the different concepts, together with exercises at the end of each chapter.
2020
978-981-120-154-7
978-981-120-156-1
276
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