University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Graph Coverings, Quantum Entanglement, and Invariant Theory


Prof. Jeb Willenbring

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Friday, March 5, 2010, 2:00 PM, EMS E495A

We provide formulas for invariants defined on a tensor product of defining representations of unitary groups, under the action of the product group. This situation has a physical interpretation, as it is related to the quantum mechanical state space of a multi-particle system in which each particle has finitely many outcomes upon observation. Moreover, these invariant functions separate the entangled and unentangled states, and are therefore viewed as measurements of quantum entanglement.

When the ranks of the unitary groups are large, we provide a graph theoretic interpretation for the dimension of the invariants of a fixed degree. We also exhibit a bijection between isomorphism classes of finite coverings of connected simple graphs and a basis for the space of invariants. The graph coverings are related to branched coverings of surfaces.

This work is joint with Michael W. Hero and Lauren Kelly Williams.

Refreshments will be provided in EMS E495B at 1:30 pm.


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