Welcome to my course "Math 595: Representation-theoretic methods in quantum information theory"! In this course we study symmetries in quantum information theory using tools from representation theory. Two fundamental symmetry groups in quantum information are the symmetric group, acting by permuting subsystems in a tensor product of identical Hilbert spaces, and the unitary group, acting diagonally on a tensor product space. Schur-Weyl duality establishes a close relationship between these two representations, giving rise to a useful decomposition of the representation space into irreducible representations. This structure result allows us to succinctly describe invariant objects and characterize optimal information-processing protocols in the presence of permutation and unitary symmetries.
The first half of the course starts with a brief review of the basics of quantum information theory and representation theory. We then discuss the representation theory of the symmetric and unitary groups and how they relate to each other via Schur-Weyl duality. These findings can be applied to characterize symmetric quantum states such as Werner and isotropic states. In the second half of the course we use these representation-theoretic methods to characterize quantum information-processing tasks such as data compression, spectrum estimation, quantum state tomography, and quantum state merging. Depending on available time and interest, we will also discuss useful results such as de Finetti theorems and the decoupling theorem.
Please see the Table of contents below for a detailed list of topics that we will cover.
Lectures will be given in person at the above time and place.
There will be no mandatory homework assignments or written exams for this course. Grading will be based on class participation. I will provide exercises that we can discuss in office hours.
- Math 416 Abstract Linear Algebra (or equivalent)
- Math 417 Intro to Abstract Algebra (or equivalent)
- Useful, but not required:
- Math 506 Group Representation Theory
- Math 522 Lie Groups and Lie Algebras I
- Intro to Quantum Mechanics/Information
(such as ECE 404, Phys 486/487, Phys 513)
Code of conduct
I am dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe classroom experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. I will not tolerate harassment and discriminating or disrespectful behavior between any classroom participants (including myself) in any form, whether in person or online. Violations of this code of conduct will be reported appropriately. (This code of conduct is based on a template provided by the Geek Feminism Wiki.)
Table of contents
- Basics of quantum information theory (review)
- Basics of representation theory (review)
- Representation theory of the symmetric and unitary groups (review)
- Schur-Weyl duality
- Werner states, isotropic states, covariant quantum channels
- Permutation invariance and de Finetti theorems
- Data compression and type theory
- Spectrum estimation and quantum state tomography
- Decoupling theorem and quantum state merging
Handwritten lecture notes will be made available here as we go along.
- Matthias Christandl, The structure of bipartite quantum states-insights from group theory and cryptography, PhD thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006.
- Aram W. Harrow, The church of the symmetric subspace, arXiv preprint, 2013.
- Anthony W. Knapp, Representation Theory of Semisimple Groups: An Overview Based on Examples, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.
- Jean-Pierre Serre, Linear Representations of Finite Groups, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, New York: Springer, 1977.
- Constantin Teleman, Representation Theory, Lecture notes, 2005.
- Michael Walter, Symmetry and Quantum Information, Lecture notes, 2018.
- John Watrous, The Theory of Quantum Information, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- Mark M. Wilde, Quantum information theory, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Office 39, Computing Applications Building
605 E Springfield Ave
Champaign, IL 61820