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Holevo Additivity.

  1. Sep 26, 2008 #1
    Can someone give a simple explanation of what this is about:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pontiff/2008/09/holevo_additivity_falls_the_qu.php [Broken]

    I think I have a reasonable understanding of a classical information channel. I think I have a bare minimum understanding of a quantum information channel as the term is used to explain quantum teleportation. But I don't understand what it means to transmit classical information through a quantum channel.

    Can someone provide a simple explanation for the rest of us?
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  3. Sep 29, 2008 #2
    I don't think thinking of a "quantum information channel" in terms of "quantum teleportation" is particularly useful, misleading at best. The thing not to do here with regard to this blog is to assume a "quantum information channel" and quantum information are synonymous. The difference between a quantum and classical information 'channel' is based solely on how that information is encoded and not on the type of information.

    A classical information channel is simply one where a peice of information is encoded in bits that have a definite state, like the zero and one representation of a computer. You can use it to store and/or transmit your phone number for instance. A quantum information "channel" is one in which the information, like the phone number, is stored most popularly in qubits, or a quantum state that can be in a superposition of the two states (zero or one) at any given time. The difference is not the information, only the way the information is encoded. The advantages of a "quantum information channel" only becomes apparent in the processing, not the storage, of that information.

    Unfortunately people who talk to the public about quantum systems oftens tries so hard to get the weirdness factor accross they create a lot of confusion with regard to basic empirical facts. Theoretical constructs and basic empirical facts often get conflated.
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