Bosonic channels are important in practice as they form a simple model for free-space or fiber-optic communication. Here we consider a single-sender multiple-receiver pure-loss bosonic broadcast channel and determine the unconstrained capacity region for the distillation of bipartite entanglement and secret key between the sender and each receiver, whenever they are allowed arbitrary public classical communication. We show how the state merging protocol leads to achievable rates in this setting, giving an inner bound on the capacity region. We also determine an outer bound on the region and find that the outer bound matches the inner bound in the infinite-energy limit, thereby establishing the unconstrained capacity region for such channels. Our result could provide a useful benchmark for implementing a broadcasting of entanglement and secret key through such channels. An important open question relevant to practice is to determine the capacity region in both this setting and the single-sender single-receiver case when there is an energy constraint on the transmitter.
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IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
Takeoka, M., Seshadreesan, K., & Wilde, M. (2016). Unconstrained distillation capacities of a pure-loss bosonic broadcast channel. IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings, 2016-August, 2484-2488. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISIT.2016.7541746