# Distillability and positivity of partial transposes in general quantum field systems

March 11, 2004

Criteria for distillability, and the property of having a positive partial
transpose, are introduced for states of general bipartite quantum systems. The
framework is sufficiently general to include systems with an infinite number of
degrees of freedom, including quantum fields. We show that a large number of
states in relativistic quantum field theory, including the vacuum state and
thermal equilibrium states, are distillable over subsystems separated by
arbitrary spacelike distances. These results apply to any quantum field model.
It will also be shown that these results can be generalized to quantum fields
in curved spacetime, leading to the conclusion that there is a large number of
quantum field states which are distillable over subsystems separated by an
event horizon.

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