We highlight an information-theoretic meaning of quantum discord as the gap between the accessible information and the Holevo bound in the framework of ensemble of quantum states. This complementary relationship implies that a large amount of preexisting arguments about the evaluation of quantum discord can be directly applied to the accessible information and vice versa. For an ensemble of two pure qubit states, we show that one can avoid the optimization problem with the help of the Koashi–Winter relation. Further, for the general case (two mixed qubit states), we recover the main results presented by Fuchs and Caves (Phys Rev Lett 73:3047, 1994), but totally from the perspective of quantum discord. Following this line of thought, we also investigate the geometric discord as an indicator of quantumness of ensembles in detail. Finally, we give an example to elucidate the difference between quantum discord and geometric discord with respect to optimal measurement strategies.
Quantum Information Processing – Springer Journals
Published: May 28, 2014
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