On Feedback and the Classical Capacity of a Noisy Quantum Channel

Research paper by Garry Bowen, Rajagopal Nagarajan

Indexed on: 29 May '03Published on: 29 May '03Published in: Quantum Physics


In Shannon information theory the capacity of a memoryless communication channel cannot be increased by the use of feedback from receiver to sender. In this paper the use of classical feedback is shown to provide no increase in the unassisted classical capacity of a memoryless quantum channel when feedback is used across non-entangled input states, or when the channel is an entanglement--breaking channel. This gives a generalization of the Shannon theory for certain classes of feedback protocols when transmitting through noisy quantum communication channels.