Generalized geometric quantum speed limits

Pires, Diego Paiva and Cianciaruso, Marco and Céleri, Lucas C. and Adesso, Gerardo and Soares-Pinto, Diogo O. (2016) Generalized geometric quantum speed limits. Physical Review X, 6 . 21031/1-21031/19. ISSN 2160-3308

PDF - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Available under Licence Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (1MB) | Preview


The attempt to gain a theoretical understanding of the concept of time in quantum mechanics has triggered significant progress towards the search for faster and more efficient quantum technologies. One of such advances consists in the interpretation of the time-energy uncertainty relations as lower bounds for the minimal evolution time between two distinguishable states of a quantum system, also known as quantum speed limits. We investigate how the nonuniqueness of a bona fide measure of distinguishability defined on the quantum-state space affects the quantum speed limits and can be exploited in order to derive improved bounds. Specifically, we establish an infinite family of quantum speed limits valid for unitary and nonunitary evolutions, based on an elegant information geometric formalism. Our work unifies and generalizes existing results on quantum speed limits and provides instances of novel bounds that are tighter than any established one based on the conventional quantum Fisher information. We illustrate our findings with relevant examples, demonstrating the importance of choosing different information metrics for open system dynamics, as well as clarifying the roles of classical populations versus quantum coherences, in the determination and saturation of the speed limits. Our results can find applications in the optimization and control of quantum technologies such as quantum computation and metrology, and might provide new insights in fundamental investigations of quantum thermodynamics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Quantum physics, Quantum information
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical Sciences
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.021031
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Adesso, Gerardo
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 01:43

Actions (Archive Staff Only)

Edit View Edit View