Testing sequential quantum measurements: how can maximal knowledge be extracted?

Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma 00185, Italy.
Scientific Reports (Impact Factor: 5.08). 06/2012; 2:443. DOI: 10.1038/srep00443
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT The extraction of information from a quantum system unavoidably implies a modification of the measured system itself. In this framework partial measurements can be carried out in order to extract only a portion of the information encoded in a quantum system, at the cost of inducing a limited amount of disturbance. Here we analyze experimentally the dynamics of sequential partial measurements carried out on a quantum system, focusing on the trade-off between the maximal information extractable and the disturbance. In particular we implement two sequential measurements observing that, by exploiting an adaptive strategy, is possible to find an optimal trade-off between the two quantities.

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