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Received Day Month Year Revised Day Month Year Discrete coherent states for a system of n qubits are introduced in terms of eigenstates of the finite Fourier transform. The properties of these states are pictured in phase space by resorting to the discrete Wigner function.

We explore the role played by the quantum relative phase in a well-known model of atom-field interaction, namely, the Dicke model. We introduce an appropriate polar decomposition of the atom-field relative amplitudes that leads to a truly Hermitian relative-phase operator, whose eigenstates correctly describe the phase properties, as we demonstrate by… (More)

We work out the phase-space structure for a system of n qubits. We replace the field of real numbers that label the axes of the continuous phase space by the finite field GF(2 n) and investigate the geometrical structures compatible with the notion of unbiasedness. These consist of bundles of discrete curves intersecting only at the origin and satisfying… (More)

We present a method to characterize the polarization state of a light field in the continuous-variable regime. Instead of using the abstract formalism of SU(2) qua-sidistributions, we model polarization in the classical spirit by superposing two harmonic oscillators of the same angular frequency along two orthogonal axes. By describing each oscillator by a… (More)

We re-elaborate on the recent basic result that the action of any multilayer is equivalent to a proper Lorentz transformation. As a consequence, we propose simple optical measurements that can serve as an analogue computer for simulating special relativity. Special attention is paid to the question of the Wigner rotation, showing that it can be easily… (More)

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