## Abstract

We analyze the separability properties of density operators supported on [Formula Presented] whose partial transposes are positive operators. We show that if the rank of [Formula Presented] equals N then it is separable, and that bound entangled states have ranks larger than N. We also give a separability criterion for a generic density operator such that the sum of its rank and the one of its partial transpose does not exceed [Formula Presented] If it exceeds this number, we show that one can subtract product vectors until it decreases to [Formula Presented] while keeping the positivity of [Formula Presented] and its partial transpose. This automatically gives us a sufficient criterion for separability for general density operators. We also prove that all density operators that remain invariant after partial transposition with respect to the first system are separable.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 10 |

Number of pages | 1 |

Journal | Physical Review A |

Volume | 61 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2000 |

Externally published | Yes |