This is the first post in a series about a problem inside RMT QIT that I have been working on for some time now [cn2,bcn]. Since I find it to be very simple and interesting, I will present it in a series of blog notes that should be accessible to a large audience. I will also use this material to prepare the talks I will be giving this summer on this topic ;).
In what follows, all vector spaces shall be assumed to be complex and are fixed constants. For a vector , the symbol denotes its ordered version, i.e. and are the same up to permutation of coordinates and .
1. Singular values of vectors in a tensor product
Using the non-canonical isomorphism , one can see any vector
as a matrix
In this way, by using the singular value decomposition of the matrix (keep in mind that we assume ), one can write
where , resp. are orthonormal families in , resp. . The vector is the singular value vector of and we shall always assume that it is ordered . It satisfies the normalization condition
In particular, if is a unit vector, then , where is the probability simplex
and is its ordered version.
In QIT, the decomposition of above is called the Schmidt decomposition and the numbers are called the Schmidt coefficients of the pure state .
2. The singular value set of a vector subspace
Consider now a subspace of dimension and define the set
called the singular value subset of the subspace .
Below are some examples of sets , in the case , where the simplex is two-dimensional. In all the four cases, and . In the last two pictures, one of the vectors spanning the subspace has singular values .
3. Basic properties
Below is a list of very simple properties of the sets .
Proposition 1. The set is a compact subset of the ordered probability simplex having the following properties:
- Local invariance: , for unitary matrices and .
- Monotonicity: if , then .
- If , , then .
- If , then .
Proof: The first three statements are trivial. The last one is contained in [cmw], Proposition 6 and follows from a standard result in algebraic geometry about the dimension of the intersection of projective varieties.
4. So, what is the problem ?
The question one would like to answer is the following:
How does a typical look like ?
In order to address this, I will introduce random subspaces in the
next post future. In the next post, I look at the special case of antisymmetric tensors.