Entropic uncertainty minimum for angle and angular momentum

Yao, Alison and Brougham, Thomas and Eleftheriadou, Electra and Padgett, Miles J. and Barnett, Steve (2014) Entropic uncertainty minimum for angle and angular momentum. Journal of Optics, 16 (10). 105404. ISSN 2040-8978 (https://doi.org/10.1088/2040-8978/16/10/105404)

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Uncertainty relations are key components in the understanding of the nature of quantum mechanics. In particular, entropic relations are preferred in the study of angular position and angular momentum states. We propose a new form of angle-angular momentum state that provides, for all practical purposes, a lower bound on the entropic uncertainty relation, Hφ + Hm, for any given angular uncertainty, thus improving upon previous bounds. We establish this by comparing this sum with the absolute minimum value determined by a global numerical search. These states are convenient to work with both analytically and experimentally, which suggests that they may be of use for quantum information purposes.


Yao, Alison ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6260-5852, Brougham, Thomas, Eleftheriadou, Electra, Padgett, Miles J. and Barnett, Steve;