Universal relations between entanglement, symmetries, and entropy

2021-11-12 09:30 - 10:30

Member Seminar

Speaker: Gabriel Wong 

Title: Universal relations between entanglement, symmetries, and entropy

Abstract: Entanglement is an essential property of quantum systems that distinguishes them from classical ones.   It is responsible for the nonlocal character of quantum information and provides a resource for quantum teleportation and quantum computation. In this talk I will provide an introduction to quantum entanglement and explain the essential role it plays in two seemingly unrelated subjects: implementation of measurement-based quantum computation and microstate counting of black holes in quantum gravity.   Time permitting, I will also discuss attempts to characterize entanglement in string theory. A unifying theme that illuminates the entanglement structure of these diverse systems is the role of surface symmetries and (entanglement) edge modes. We will explain how these universal aspects of entanglement are captured in the framework of extended topological quantum field theory.