Adán Cabello

Universidad de Sevilla, Hispalis, Andalusia, Spain

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  • Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: For years, the biggest unspeakable in quantum theory has been why quantum theory and what is quantum theory telling us about the world. Recent efforts are unveiling a surprisingly simple answer. Here we show that two characteristic limits of quantum theory, the maximum violations of Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt and Klyachko-Can-Binicioğlu-Shumovsky inequalities, are enforced by a simple principle. The effectiveness of this principle suggests that non-realism is the key that explains why quantum theory.
    Article · Nov 2017
  • Bi-Heng Liu · Xiao-Min Hu · Jiang-Shan Chen · [...] · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We experimentally show that nonlocality can be produced from single-particle contextuality by using two-particle correlations which do not violate any Bell inequality by themselves. This demonstrates that nonlocality can come from an a priori different simpler phenomenon, and connects contextuality and nonlocality, the two critical resources for, respectively, quantum computation and secure communication. From the perspective of quantum information, our experiment constitutes a proof of principle that quantum systems can be used simultaneously for both quantum computation and secure communication.
    Article · Nov 2016 · Physical Review Letters
  • Matthias Kleinmann · Tamás Vértesi · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fundamentally binary theories are nonsignaling theories in which measurements of many outcomes are constructed by selecting from binary measurements. They constitute a sensible alternative to quantum theory and have never been directly falsified by any experiment. Here we solve two open problems related to them raised in Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 150401 (2016). We first show that fundamentally binary theories are experimentally testable with current technology. For that, we identify a feasible Bell inequality-like experiment on pairs of entangled qutrits. In addition, we prove that, for any n, quantum n-ary correlations are not fundamentally (n-1)-ary. For that, we introduce a family of inequalities that hold for fundamentally (n-1)-ary theories but are violated by quantum n-ary correlations.
    Article · Nov 2016
  • Sheila López-Rosa · Zhen-Peng Xu · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We identify the simplest combinations of entanglement and incompatibility giving the maximum quantum violation for each of the 46 classes of tight Bell inequalities for the (3,2,2) scenario, i.e., three parties, two measurements per party, and two outcomes per measurement. This allows us to classify the maximum quantum nonlocality according to the simplest resources needed to achieve it. We show that entanglement and incompatibility only produce maximum nonlocality when they are combined in specific ways. For each entanglement class there is, in most cases, just one incompatibility class leading to maximum nonlocality. We also identify two interesting cases. We show that the maximum quantum violation of \'Sliwa inequality 23 only occurs when the third party measures the identity, so nonlocality cannot increase when we add a third party to the bipartite case. Surprisingly, almost quantum correlations predict that adding a new party increases nonlocality. This points out that either almost quantum correlations violate a fundamental principle or that there is a form of tripartite entanglement which quantum theory cannot account. The other interesting case is the maximum quantum violation of \'Sliwa inequality 26, which, like Mermin inequality, requires maximum incompatibility for all parties. In contrast, it requires a specific entangled state which has the same tripartite negativity as the W state.
    Article · Nov 2016
  • Matthias Kleinmann · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We show that, for any n, there are m-outcome quantum correlations, with m>n, which are stronger than any nonsignaling correlation produced from selecting among n-outcome measurements. As a consequence, for any n, there are m-outcome quantum measurements that cannot be constructed by selecting locally from the set of n-outcome measurements. This is a property of the set of measurements in quantum theory that is not mandatory for general probabilistic theories. We also show that this prediction can be tested through high-precision Bell-type experiments and identify past experiments providing evidence that some of these strong correlations exist in nature. Finally, we provide a modified version of quantum theory restricted to having at most n-outcome quantum measurements.
    Article · Oct 2016 · Physical Review Letters
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    Gustavo Cañas · Evelyn Acuña · Jaime Cariñe · [...] · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a method that exploits a connection between quantum contextuality and graph theory to reveal any form of quantum contextuality in high-precision experiments. We use this technique to identify a graph which corresponds to an extreme form of quantum contextuality unnoticed before and test it using high-dimensional quantum states encoded in the linear transverse momentum of single photons. Our results open the door to the experimental exploration of quantum contextuality in all its forms, including those needed for quantum computation.
    Full-text available · Article · Jul 2016
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We show that, regardless of the dimension of the Hilbert space, there exists no set of rays revealing state-independent contextuality with less than 13 rays. This implies that the set proposed by Yu and Oh in dimension three [Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 030402 (2012)] is actually the minimal set in quantum theory. This contrasts with the case of Kochen-Specker sets, where the smallest set occurs in dimension four.
    Full-text available · Article · Jun 2016 · Journal of Physics A Mathematical and Theoretical
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Quantum nonlocality can be revealed "via local contextuality" in qudit-qudit entangled systems with d > 2, that is, through the violation of inequalities containing Alice-Bob correlations that admit a local description, and Alice-Alice correlations (between the results of sequences of measurements on Alice's subsystem) that admit a local (but contextual) description. A fundamental question to understand the respective roles of entanglement and local contextuality is whether nonlocality via local contextuality exists when the parties have only qubit-qubit entanglement. Here we respond affirmatively to this question. This result further clarifies the connection between contextuality and nonlocality and opens the door for observing nonlocality via local contextuality in actual experiments.
    Full-text available · Article · Apr 2016
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The qubit, the simplest quantum system and unit of quantum information, is sometimes compared to a "quantum coin": a coin with infinitely many sets of two sides which can only be tossed when specifying the desired set. However, this picture fails to capture the richness of the quantum world, where qubit measurements are not necessarily binary. Consequently, when pairs of entangled qubits are measured locally, quantum theory predicts correlations that can neither be explained as produced by locally tossing classical coins nor explained by locally tossing quantum coins. However, this last prediction was unconfirmed until now since it requires the observation of a very small effect on an almost perfectly entangled qubit-qubit state. Here we present an experiment on pairs of entangled photonic qubits violating by more than 8 standard deviations a new Bell-like correlation inequality, which is valid only for binary quantum measurements. By also providing device-independent evidences that our system is best described by two qubits, we prove that quantum measurements on a qubit can be fundamentally non-binary. Since non-binary measurements on a qubit cannot be sharp, this constitutes the first device-independent certification of a genuine generalized quantum measurement.
    Full-text available · Article · Apr 2016
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    Bi-Heng Liu · Xiao-Min Hu · Jiang-Shan Chen · [...] · Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The free will theorem states that if experimenters have free will in the sense that their choices are not a function of the past, so must some elementary particles. The theorem goes beyond Bell's theorem as it connects the two fundamental resources behind quantum technologies: single-particle contextuality, which supplies the power for quantum computation, and two-particle non-locality, which allows for quantum secure communication. The theorem relies on three axioms: (i) There is a maximum speed for propagation of information, (ii) single particles can exhibit contextuality, (iii) two separated particles can exhibit Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) correlations. Here we report the first experimental test of the free will theorem. We used pairs of hyper-entangled photons entangled in path and polarization and enforced the conditions for invoking axiom (i) by measuring each photon in a different laboratory. We certified axiom (ii) by testing the violation of the Peres-Mermin non-contextuality inequality and axiom (iii) by showing EPR correlations between the two laboratories. The three axioms imply an upper bound on the sum of the correlations among the outcomes of sequential measurements in the same laboratory and the correlations between the outcomes in both laboratories. We observed a violation of this bound by more than 66 standard deviations. This reveals that quantum non-locality can be produced when single-particle contextuality is combined with correlations which are not non-local by themselves. Our results demonstrate the resources needed for quantum computation and quantum secure communication simultaneously in the same experiment and open the door to quantum machines that efficiently achieve both tasks.
    Full-text available · Article · Mar 2016
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  • Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Contextuality provides a unifying paradigm for nonclassical aspects of quantum probabilities and resources of quantum information. Unfortunately, most forms of quantum contextuality remain experimentally unexplored due to the difficulty of performing sequences of projective measurements on individual quantum systems. Here we show that two-point correlations between dichotomic compatible observables are sufficient to reveal any form of contextuality. This allows us to design simple experiments that are more robust against imperfections and easier to analyze, thus opening the door for observing interesting forms of contextuality, including those requiring quantum systems of high dimensions. In addition, this result allows us to connect contextuality to communication complexity scenarios and reformulate a recent result relating contextuality and quantum computation.
    Article · Dec 2015
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A unifying principle explaining the numerical bounds of quantum correlations remains elusive despite the efforts devoted to identify it. Here we show that these bounds are indeed not exclusive to quantum theory: for any abstract correlation scenario with compatible measurements, a suited classical wave theory produces probability distributions indistinguishable from those of quantum theory, and therefore share the same bounds. We demonstrate this finding by implementing classical microwaves propagating along meter-size transmission-line circuits and reproduce the probabilities of three emblematic quantum experiments. Our results show that what distinguishes quantum theory is not the set of numerical bounds, but the fact that it is produced without the resources used by classical systems. The implications of this observation are discussed.
    Full-text available · Article · Nov 2015 · Physical Review Letters
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present an implementation of photonic qubit precertification that performs the delicate task of detecting the presence of a flying photon without destroying its qubit state, allowing loss-sensitive quantum cryptography and tests of nonlocality even over long distance. By splitting an incoming single photon in two via parametric down-conversion, we herald the photon's arrival from an independent photon source while preserving its quantum information with up to $92.3\pm0.6$ % fidelity. With reduced detector dark counts, precertification will be immediately useful in quantum communication.
    Full-text available · Article · Oct 2015 · Physical Review Letters
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    Mauricio Arias · Gustavo Cañas · Esteban S. Goméz · [...] · Adan Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Measurement scenarios containing events with relations of exclusivity represented by pentagons, heptagons, nonagons, etc., or their complements are the only ones in which quantum probabilities cannot be described classically. Interestingly, quantum theory predicts that the maximum values for any of these graphs cannot be achieved in Bell inequality scenarios. With the exception of the pentagon, this prediction remained experimentally unexplored. Here we test the quantum maxima for the heptagon and the complement of the heptagon using three- and five-dimensional quantum states, respectively. In both cases, we adopt two different encodings: linear transverse momentum and orbital angular momentum of single photons. Our results exclude maximally noncontextual hidden-variable theories and are in good agreement with the maxima predicted by quantum theory.
    Full-text available · Article · Sep 2015 · Physical Review A
  • Adán Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Motivated by some recent news, a journalist asks a group of physicists: "What's the meaning of the violation of Bell's inequality?" One physicist answers: "It means that non-locality is an established fact". Another says: "There is no non-locality; the message is that measurement outcomes are irreducibly random". A third one says: "It cannot be answered simply on purely physical grounds, the answer requires an act of metaphysical judgement". Puzzled by the answers, the journalist keeps asking questions about quantum theory: "What is teleported in quantum teleportation?" "How does a quantum computer really work?" Shockingly, for each of these questions, the journalist obtains a variety of answers which, in many cases, are mutually exclusive. At the end of the day, the journalist asks: "How do you plan to make progress if, after 90 years of quantum theory, you still don't know what it means? How can you possibly identify the physical principles of quantum theory or expand quantum theory into gravity if you don't agree on what quantum theory is about?" Here we argue that it is becoming urgent to solve this too long lasting problem. For that, we point out that the interpretations of quantum theory are, essentially, of two types and that these two types are so radically different that there must be experiments that, when analyzed outside the framework of quantum theory, lead to different empirically testable predictions. Arguably, even if these experiments do not end the discussion, they will add new elements to the list of strange properties that some interpretations must have, therefore they will indirectly support those interpretations that do not need to have all these strange properties.
    Article · Sep 2015
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    Adán Cabello · Mile Gu · Otfried Gühne · [...] · Karoline Wiesner
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The interpretation of quantum theory is one of the longest-standing debates in physics. Type-I interpretations see quantum probabilities as determined by intrinsic properties of the world. Type-II interpretations see quantum probabilities as not directly dealing with intrinsic properties of the world but with relational experiences between an observer and the world. It is usually believed that deciding between these two types cannot be made simply on purely physical grounds but it requires an act of metaphysical judgement. Here we show that, although the problem is undecidable within the framework of quantum theory, it is decidable, under some assumptions, within the framework of thermodynamics. We prove that type-I interpretations are incompatible with the following assumptions: (i) the decision of which measurement is performed on a quantum system can be made independently of the system, (ii) a quantum system has limited memory, and (iii) Landauer's principle is valid. We consider an ideal experiment in which an individual quantum system is submitted to a sequence of quantum projective measurements that leave the system in pure quantum states. We show that in any type-I interpretation satisfying (i)-(iii) the system must reset its internal state, which implies that a minimum amount of heat per measurement has to be dissipated into the system's environment. We calculate a lower bound to the heat dissipated per measurement assuming that the measurements are chosen from a set of size $2^n$. Then, we show that this lower bound becomes infinite in the limit of $n$ tending to infinity. This leads to the conclusion that either type-I interpretations are untenable or at least one of the assumptions (i)-(iii) has to be abandoned.
    Full-text available · Article · Sep 2015
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Device-independent quantum communication will require a loophole-free violation of Bell inequalities. In typical scenarios where line of sight between the communicating parties is not available, it is convenient to use energy-time entangled photons due to intrinsic robustness while propagating over optical fibers. Here we show an energy-time Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt Bell inequality violation with two parties separated by 3.7 km over the deployed optical fiber network belonging to the University of Concepción in Chile. Remarkably, this is the first Bell violation with spatially separated parties that is free of the postselection loophole, which affected all previous in-field long-distance energy-time experiments. Our work takes a further step towards a fiber-based loophole-free Bell test, which is highly desired for secure quantum communication due to the widespread existing telecommunication infrastructure.
    Full-text available · Article · Jul 2015 · Physical Review Letters
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    Barbara Amaral · Marcelo Terra Cunha · Adan Cabello
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Contextuality is a fundamental feature of quantum theory and a necessary resource for quantum computation and communication. It is therefore important to investigate how large can contextuality be in quantum theory. Contextuality witnesses can be expressed as a sum $S$ of $n$ probabilities, such that $1 \le \alpha < \vartheta \le n$ are, respectively, the maximum of $S$ for noncontextual theories and for the theory under consideration. A theory allows for absolute maximal contextuality if it has scenarios in which $\vartheta/\alpha$ tends to $n$. Here we show that quantum theory allows for absolute maximal contextuality despite what is suggested by the examination of the quantum violations of Bell and noncontextuality inequalities considered in the past. Our proof is not constructive and does not single out explicit scenarios. Nevertheless, we identify scenarios in which quantum theory allows for almost absolute maximal contextuality.
    Full-text available · Article · Jul 2015 · Physical Review A