Adan Cabello

Universidad de Sevilla, Hispalis, Andalusia, Spain

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    ABSTRACT: Kochen-Specker (KS) sets are key tools for proving some fundamental results in quantum theory and also have potential applications in quantum information processing. However, so far, their intrinsic complexity has prevented experimentalists from using them for any application. The KS set requiring the smallest number of contexts has been recently found. Relying on this simple KS set, here we report an input state-independent experimental technique to certify whether a set of measurements is actually accessing a preestablished quantum six-dimensional space encoded in the transverse momentum of single photons.
    Physical Review Letters 08/2014; 113:090404. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Contextuality is a fundamental concept for understanding quantum probabilities and the origin of the power of quantum systems for computation and information processing. A natural question is: Which is the simplest and cleanest version of quantum contextuality? It has been very recently found that there is a version that is analog to "the simplest and cleanest" version of quantum non-locality, but only requires single three-level quantum systems (qutrits) rather than composite systems. Here we report the first experimental observation of this "Hardy-like" quantum contextuality. We measured the correlations between the outcomes of five combinations of two compatible measurements performed sequentially, in any possible order, on heralded photonic path-encoded qutrits. The experiment adopts a novel configuration which allows for performing two sequential measurements on the same photon with a high fidelity and allows for observing the independence of the correlations with respect to the order in which measurements are performed. The experimental results match the conditions needed to define a Hardy-like argument and the predictions of quantum theory. In addition, they violate the relevant non-contextuality inequality, even when the non-contextual bound is corrected to take into account experimental imperfections. The experimental observation of this form of quantum contextuality is of fundamental importance, since it connects the Kochen-Specker theorem with the simplest non-contextuality inequality. In addition, the method introduced here opens the door to applications requiring sequential quantum measurements on photonic systems.
    08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: For eight-dimensional quantum systems there is a Kochen-Specker (KS) set of 40 quantum yes-no tests that is related to the Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) proof of Bell's theorem. Here we experimentally implement this KS set using an eight-dimensional Hilbert space spanned by the transverse momentum of single photons. We show that the experimental results of these tests violate a state-independent noncontextuality inequality. In addition, we show that, if the system is prepared in states that are formally equivalent to a three-qubit GHZ and W states, then the results of a subset of 16 tests violate a noncontextuality inequality that is formally equivalent to the three-party Mermin's Bell inequality, but for single eight-dimensional quantum systems. These experimental results highlight the connection between quantum contextuality and nonlocality for eight-dimensional quantum systems.
    Physical Review A 07/2014; 90:012119. · 3.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-contextuality (NC) and Bell inequalities can be expressed as bounds $\Omega$ for positive linear combinations $S$ of probabilities of events, $S \leq \Omega$. Exclusive events in $S$ can be represented as adjacent vertices of a graph called the exclusivity graph of $S$. In the case that events correspond to the outcomes of quantum projective measurements, quantum probabilities are intimately related to the Gr\"otschel-Lov\'asz-Schrijver theta body of the exclusivity graph. Then, one can easily compute an upper bound to the maximum quantum violation of any NC or Bell inequality by optimizing $S$ over the theta body and calculating the Lov\'asz number of the corresponding exclusivity graph. In some cases, this upper bound is tight and gives the exact maximum quantum violation. However, in general, this is not the case. The reason is that the exclusivity graph does not distinguish among the different ways exclusivity can occur in Bell-inequality (and similar) scenarios. An interesting question is whether there is a graph-theoretical concept which accounts for this problem. Here we show that, for any given $N$-partite Bell inequality, an edge-coloured multigraph composed on $N$ single-colour graphs can be used to encode the relationships of exclusivity between each party's parts of the events. Then, the maximum quantum violation of the Bell inequality is exactly given by a refinement of the Lov\'asz number that applies to these edge-coloured multigraphs. We show how to calculate upper bounds for this number using a hierarchy of semi-definite programs and calculate upper bounds for $I_3$, $I_{3322}$ and the three bipartite Bell inequalities whose exclusivity graph is a pentagon. The multigraph-theoretical approach introduced here may remove some obstacles in the program of explaining quantum correlations from first principles.
    07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Several studies in recent years have demonstrated that upper-division students struggle with the mathematics of thermodynamics. This paper presents a task analysis based on several expert attempts to solve a challenging mathematics problem in thermodynamics. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, we highlight the importance of cognitive task analysis for understanding expert performance and show how the epistemic games framework can be used as a tool for this type of analysis, with thermodynamics as an example. Second, through this analysis, we identify several issues related to thermodynamics that are relevant to future research into student understanding and learning of the mathematics of thermodynamics.
    05/2014; 10.
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    ABSTRACT: An important problem in quantum information processing is the certification of the dimension of quantum systems without making assumptions about the devices used to prepare and measure them, that is, in a device-independent manner. A crucial question is whether such certification is experimentally feasible for high-dimensional quantum systems. Here we experimentally witness in a device-independent manner the generation of six-dimensional quantum systems encoded in the orbital angular momentum of single photons and show that the same method can be scaled, at least, up to dimension 13.
    Physical Review Letters 04/2014; 112(14):140503. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We show that the no-disturbance principle imposes a tradeoff between locally contextual correlations violating the Klyachko-Can-Biniciogˇlu-Shumovski inequality and spatially separated correlations violating the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality. The violation of one inequality forbids the violation of the other. We also obtain the corresponding monogamy relation imposed by quantum theory for a qutrit-qubit system. Our results show the existence of fundamental monogamy relations between contextuality and nonlocality that suggest that entanglement might be a particular form of a more fundamental resource.
    Physical Review Letters 03/2014; 112(10):100401. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We show that the exclusivity (E) principle singles out the set of quantum correlations associated with any exclusivity graph assuming the set of quantum correlations for the complementary graph. Moreover, we prove that, for self-complementary graphs, the E principle, by itself (i.e., without further assumptions), excludes any set of correlations strictly larger than the quantum set. Finally, we prove that, for vertex-transitive graphs, the E principle singles out the maximum value for the quantum correlations assuming only the quantum maximum for the complementary graph. This opens the door for testing the impossibility of higher-than-quantum correlations in experiments.
    02/2014; 89(3).
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    ABSTRACT: Correlations in Bell and noncontextuality inequalities can be expressed as a positive linear combination of probabilities of events. Exclusive events can be represented as adjacent vertices of a graph, so correlations can be associated to a subgraph. We show that the maximum value of the correlations for classical, quantum, and more general theories is the independence number, the Lovász number, and the fractional packing number of this subgraph, respectively. We also show that, for any graph, there is always a correlation experiment such that the set of quantum probabilities is exactly the Grötschel-Lovász-Schrijver theta body. This identifies these combinatorial notions as fundamental physical objects and provides a method for singling out experiments with quantum correlations on demand.
    Physical Review Letters 01/2014; 112(4):040401. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Quantum physics allows for unconditionally secure communication between parties that trust each other. However, when the parties do not trust each other such as in the bit commitment scenario, quantum physics is not enough to guarantee security unless extra assumptions are made. Unconditionally secure bit commitment only becomes feasible when quantum physics is combined with relativistic causality constraints. Here we experimentally implement a quantum bit commitment protocol with relativistic constraints that offers unconditional security. The commitment is made through quantum measurements in two quantum key distribution systems in which the results are transmitted via free-space optical communication to two agents separated with more than 20 km. The security of the protocol relies on the properties of quantum information and relativity theory. In each run of the experiment, a bit is successfully committed with less than 5.68×10^{-2} cheating probability. This demonstrates the experimental feasibility of quantum communication with relativistic constraints.
    Physical Review Letters 01/2014; 112(1):010504. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We show that for two-qubit chained Bell inequalities with an arbitrary number of measurement settings, nonlocality and entanglement are not only different properties but are inversely related. Specifically, we analytically prove that in absence of noise, robustness of nonlocality, defined as the maximum fraction of detection events that can be lost such that the remaining ones still do not admit a local model, and concurrence are inversely related for any chained Bell inequality with an arbitrary number of settings. The closer quantum states are to product states, the harder it is to reproduce quantum correlations with local models. We also show that, in presence of noise, nonlocality and entanglement are simultaneously maximized only when the noise level is equal to the maximum level tolerated by the inequality; in any other case, a more nonlocal state is always obtained by reducing the entanglement. In addition, we observed that robustness of nonlocality and concurrence are also inversely related for the Bell scenarios defined by the tight two-qubit three-setting I3322 inequality, and the tight two-qutrit inequality I3.
    12/2013; 89(1).
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    ABSTRACT: Any practical realization of entanglement-based quantum communication must be intrinsically secure and able to span long distances avoiding the need of a straight line between the communicating parties. The violation of Bell's inequality offers a method for the certification of quantum links without knowing the inner workings of the devices. Energy-time entanglement quantum communication satisfies all these requirements. However, currently there is a fundamental obstacle with the standard configuration adopted: an intrinsic geometrical loophole that can be exploited to break the security of the communication, in addition to other loopholes. Here we show the first experimental Bell violation with energy-time entanglement distributed over 1 km of optical fibres that is free of this geometrical loophole. This is achieved by adopting a new experimental design, and by using an actively stabilized fibre-based long interferometer. Our results represent an important step towards long-distance secure quantum communication in optical fibres.
    Nature Communications 11/2013; 4:2871. · 10.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Why do correlations between the results of measurements performed on physical systems violate Bell and non-contextuality inequalities up to some specific limits? The answer may follow from the observation that in quantum theory, unlike in other theories, whenever there is an experiment to measure $A$ simultaneously with $B$, another to measure $B$ with $C$, and another to measure $A$ with $C$, there is always an experiment to measure all of them simultaneously. This property implies that quantum theory satisfies a seemingly irrelevant restriction called the exclusivity (E) principle which, surprisingly, explains the set of quantum correlations in some fundamental scenarios. An open problem is whether the E principle explains the maximum quantum violation of the Bell-CHSH inequality. Here we show experimentally that the E principle imposes an upper bound to the violation of the Bell-CHSH inequality that matches the maximum predicted by quantum theory. For that, we use the result of an independent experiment testing a specific non-contextuality inequality. We perform both experiments: the Bell-CHSH inequality experiment on polarization entangled states of pairs of photons in Stockholm and, to demonstrate independence, the non-contextuality inequality experiment on single photons' orbital angular momentum states in Rome. The observed results provide the first experimental evidence that the E principle determines the limits of quantum correlations and prove that hypothetical super-quantum violations for either experiment would violate the E principle. This supports the conclusion that the E principle captures a fundamental limitation of nature. If this is true, much of quantum theory trivially follow from merely taking the E principle to be a fundamental truth, and various information-theoretic postulates are also simplified and/or strengthened.
    11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Contextuality and nonlocality are two fundamental properties of nature. Hardy's proof is considered the simplest proof of nonlocality and can also be seen as a particular violation of the simplest Bell inequality. A fundamental question is: Which is the simplest proof of contextuality? We show that there is a Hardy-like proof of contextuality that can also be seen as a particular violation of the simplest noncontextuality inequality. Interestingly, this new proof connects this inequality with the proof of the Kochen-Specker theorem, providing the missing link between these two fundamental results, and can be extended to an arbitrary odd number n of settings, an extension that can be seen as a particular violation of the n-cycle inequality.
    Physical Review Letters 11/2013; 111(18):180404. · 7.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There are two fundamental theorems of impossibility of hidden variables in quantum theory: the Kochen-Specker (KS) theorem, which excludes non-contextual hidden variables for any quantum state, and Bell's theorem that rules out local hidden variables for quantum entangled states. In this work we experimentally observe that, for 8-dimensional quantum systems, both theorems unify in a simple proof. First, we implement a KS set of 40 quantum yes-no tests on 8-dimensional quantum systems encoded in the transverse momentum of single photons, and observe the state-independent quantum violation of an inequality satisfied by non-contextual hidden variables. Then, we show that, if the result of one of the KS tests is positive, the results of 16 of the remaining KS tests violate a Bell inequality satisfied by local hidden variables. Our work highlights the fundamental connection between quantum contextuality and non-locality.
    08/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Kochen-Specker (KS) theorem is a fundamental result that shows that quantum theory cannot be explained if measurement results were predefined. Its proof requires a set of yes-no questions each of them in several contexts. The original KS proof required 132 contexts and, so far, the simplest known proof requires 9 contexts. Here we present a proof with only 7 contexts and show that, under some assumptions, this is the smallest number of contexts possible in a KS proof. Finally, we use our 7-context proof to derive an experimentally testable state-independent noncontextuality inequality.
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    ABSTRACT: Hardy's proof is considered the simplest proof of nonlocality. Here we introduce an equally simple proof that (i) has Hardy's as a particular case, (ii) shows that the probability of nonlocal events grows with the dimension of the local systems, and (iii) is always equivalent to the violation of a tight Bell inequality.
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    ABSTRACT: We report two fundamental experiments on three-level quantum systems (qutrits). The first one tests the simplest task for which quantum mechanics provides an advantage with respect to classical physics. The quantum advantage is certified by the violation of Wright's inequality, the simplest classical inequality violated by quantum mechanics. In the second experiment, we obtain contextual correlations by sequentially measuring pairs of compatible observables on a qutrit, and show the violation of Klyachko et al.'s inequality, the most fundamental noncontextuality inequality violated by qutrits. Our experiment tests exactly Klyachko et al.'s inequality, uses the same measurement procedure for each observable in every context, and implements the sequential measurements in any possible order.
    Scientific Reports 07/2013; 3:2170. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen steering is a form of quantum nonlocality intermediate between entanglement and Bell nonlocality. Although Schrödinger already mooted the idea in 1935, steering still defies a complete understanding. In analogy to "all-versus-nothing" proofs of Bell nonlocality, here we present a proof of steering without inequalities rendering the detection of correlations leading to a violation of steering inequalities unnecessary. We show that, given any two-qubit entangled state, the existence of certain projective measurement by Alice so that Bob's normalized conditional states can be regarded as two different pure states provides a criterion for Alice-to-Bob steerability. A steering inequality equivalent to the all-versus-nothing proof is also obtained. Our result clearly demonstrates that there exist many quantum states which do not violate any previously known steering inequality but are indeed steerable. Our method offers advantages over the existing methods for experimentally testing steerability, and sheds new light on the asymmetric steering problem.
    Scientific Reports 07/2013; 3:2143. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present a protocol for ever-lasting unconditionally secure bit commitment based on quantum nonlocality. This protocol recovers two features missing in recent relativistic bit commitment protocols, namely, that the committer can decide if and when she wants to reveal the commitment and that the security of the commitment lasts for arbitrary long time. The protocol shows that quantum nonlocality is a key ingredient for solving another fundamental cryptographic problem.
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2k Citations
612.15 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1997–2014
    • Universidad de Sevilla
      • Departamento de Física Aplicada III
      Hispalis, Andalusia, Spain
  • 2011–2013
    • Stockholm University
      • Department of Physics
      Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2012
    • Universität Siegen
      • Faculty IV: Science and Technology
      Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    • Federal University of Minas Gerais
      • Departamento de Física
      Cidade de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 2009–2012
    • Sapienza University of Rome
      • Department of Physics
      Roma, Latium, Italy
  • 2010
    • University of Science and Technology of China
      • Department of Modern Physics
      Hefei, Anhui Sheng, China
  • 2008–2010
    • University of Innsbruck
      • Department of Theoretical Physics
      Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
    • Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich
      • Faculty of Physics
      München, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2004–2008
    • Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
      Arching, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2006
    • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare
      Roma, Latium, Italy
    • Universität Heidelberg
      • Institute of Physical Chemistry
      Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • 1997–1998
    • Complutense University of Madrid
      • Department of Theoretical physics I
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain