Information dynamics or dynamics from information

Febrero 7, 2024
De 11:30am hasta 12:30pm

Grey Room 2

Specialist level
Matteo Scandi

Grey Room 2


In this introductory talk the role of information theory in the description of physical evolutions will be discussed. After defining information quantifiers, their contractivity with respect to physical dynamics will be explained, a requirement which simply encodes the intuition that noisy transformations should lose information. The interplay between the two concepts will be exemplified for Markovian evolutions, showing how Markovianity can be defined in purely information theoretic terms. Extending on this result, we prove our main theorem: that all physical maps can be defined solely in terms of a particular metric on the space of density matrices, the Fisher information. This result should be understood in the context of reconstruction of quantum mechanics, proving once more the key role of information in shaping our description of the world.