The density operator describes a quantum system in an (in general mixed) state.

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Schrödinger's cat and the difficulty of macroscopic superposition state

The Schrödinger's cat was regarded as peculiar since we seldom encounter a superposition state in macroscopic scale: $$ | \mathrm{dead \,\,cat} \rangle + | \mathrm{alive \,\, cat}\rangle $$ We more ...
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What are fragmented condensates?

It is defined that if more than one eigenvalue of the one-body density matrix are macroscopically occupied the condensate is said to be fragmented. $$ n^{(1)},n^{(2)},...=\mathcal{O}(\mathcal{N}) $$ ...
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Density matrix and entangled states

I am studying the density matrix formalism. I gather that: the trace of a density matrix, $tr(\rho)$ is always 1, if $tr(\rho^2) < 1$ we have a mixed state, otherwise a pure state, if $\rho$ ...
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How does one compute the state of a quantum system following imperfect measurement?

Suppose I have a quantum system $S$ ("system") with Hamiltonian $H_S$ and initial density matrix $\rho_S(0)$. I allow $S$ to interact with another system $P$ ("probe"), which has Hamiltonian $H_P$ and ...
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Is there a physical significance to non-normal states of the algebra of observables?

Quantum theory may be formalized in several different ways. Generally, the physical discussion of different states of a quantum system distinguishes pure and mixed states, and then subsumes both in a ...
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Density Operator, Expectation Value, Coherent States

How would I go about evaluating expectation values like $\langle X \rangle$ and $\langle P \rangle$? Work I've done: I've done the integration over $\phi$ and rewrote $\rho$ as: $\rho = ...
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What does density operator being same for two sytems tells us?

Yesterday I asked a question. I got it that if a density operator is given as $$\rho=\sum_{i=1}^{i=k}p_i|\psi_i\rangle \langle\psi_i| \tag{1}$$ then it means that the system is one of the states ...
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Does the reduced density matrix describes a real mixed state?

Suppose that we have two entangled particles A and B with pure state vector $|\psi\rangle=a|0\rangle_A |1\rangle_B + b|1\rangle_A |0\rangle_B \hspace{1cm}(1)$ When we take the partial trace over the ...
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What is the effect of squeezing on the Husimi phase space representation or Q-function?

The effect of the squeezing operator \begin{equation} S = e^{- r (a^2 + a^{\dagger 2}) / 2} \end{equation} on a Wigner phase space representation or W-function of a system with density matrix $\rho$ ...
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Expression of density operator

States in Quantum Mechanics can be thought of as density operators, i.e., positive semi-definite, normalized trace class operators on a Hilbert Space $\mathcal{H}$. In the case ...
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Derivation of a quantum dynamical map on open quantum system

Let us consider a initial total quantum system as $\rho(0) = \rho_S(0)\otimes\rho_B$ where $\rho_S(0)$ is initial open system and $\rho_B$ is density matrix for environment. We can use partial trace ...
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Eigenstates of a density matrix of continuous variables

Consider a system of two entangled harmonic oscillators. The normalised ground state is denoted by $\psi_0(x_1,x_2)$. The reduced density matrix of the second oscillator is given by: $$\rho_2 = ...
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Thermal radiation in the Unruh Effect

The following formula has been given in 't Hooft's black holes notes ($|\Omega \rangle$ is the vacuum state of Minkowski space, O is a operator): $$\langle \Omega| O|\Omega \rangle = \sum_{n \ge 0} ...
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Energy density of a quantum mechanical ensemble

How do we determine the energy density of a given system? I have seen that the density operator $$\rho~=~\frac{\exp(-\beta \hat{H})}{\text{tr}(\exp(-\beta \hat{H}))}.$$ What does this mean exactly ...
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Is density matrix really a description of 'state'? [closed]

Generally a density matrix is in fact a description of a set of equivalent (experimentally indistinguishable in linear QM) states. So there is no 1-to-1 correspondence between density matrix and ...
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Methods to distinguish between pure/mixed states and entangled/separable states

I'm a little confused about how we can distinguish between pure/mixed states and entangled/separable states and I would really appreciate some help! I understand a density operator $\rho$ represents ...
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Different kinds of trace for statistical ensembles

In the chapter 7 of the book "A Modern Course in Statiscal Physics" by L. Reichl, we found $Tr[\hat{\rho}]=1$ for microcanonical ensembles and $Tr_N[\hat{\rho}]=1$ for canonical and grandcanonical ...
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Quantization from density of states

The density of states in quantum mechanics is obtained via the rather not so complicated relation below: $$\rho(E)=\delta (E-E_n)$$ Which means that if we know the energy quantization condition for a ...
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Superposition and density matrix. What are these states?

I just wanted to understand the following. Let's stay with the harmonic oscillator in QM, just to have an example at hand. First, there are all the different states for $n=1,2,...$. (Let's call them ...
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Can I usefully interpret a non-unital completely positive (CP) map as a cooling process?

Non-unital completely positive (CP) maps take a maximally mixed quantum state (aka a normalized identity matrix aka an infinite temperature state) and map it to something else. This necessarily ...
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What is the link between the density matrix and Hestenes' spinors in geometric algebra?

The density matrix (or state matrix) is a generalization of a wave function that is able to describe incoherent superpositions of an N-state system. It is often written as a matrix and observables are ...
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Why does the density matrix $\rho$ obey a wrong-signed Heisenberg equation of motion?

The density matrix is defined as $$ \rho_\psi ~:=~ \frac{\lvert\psi(t)\rangle \langle \psi(t)\vert}{ \langle \psi(t) |\psi(t)\rangle }$$ in the Schrödinger picture. $\rho_\psi$ is obviously a time ...
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What is the Reduced Density Matrix?

The difference between pure and mixed states is the difference in their density matrix structure. For density matrix $\rho$ of mixed state the trace of $\rho^{2}$ should be less than 1. For pure ...
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State vector vs density operator

We formulate quantum mechanics using language of state vectors. One alternative formulation is possible using density operator or density matrix. Why we are doing this alternative approach? Is the ...
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Krauss operators for random unitary

Suppose I have a density matrix $\rho$ and I act on it with a unitary matrix that is chosen randomly, and with even probability, from $S = \{ H_1, H_2 \ldots H_N \}$. I want to write the operation on ...
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How can I prove following density matrices have same eigenvalues?

I have the following two density operators, the paper I am reading says that these two operators have same eigenvalues $$\rho^i = \frac{1}{3} ( |0\rangle \langle 0 | +|1\rangle \langle 1 |+|2\rangle ...
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Does this quote from my textbook imply that not all states are superpositions?

I read this at a book; The difference between bits and qubits is that a qubit can be in a state other than $|0\rangle$ or $|1\rangle$. It is also possible to form linear combinations of ...
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Separability of density operators on tensor product spaces

Consider a composite system $\mathcal{H}=\mathcal{H}_{A}\otimes\mathcal{H}_{B}$ where $\mathcal{H}_{A}$ and $\mathcal{H}_{B}$ are Hilbert spaces of constituent components (say two qubits). Let ...
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Bounds on dimension of a purification?

Let $\rho \in H_A$ be a density operator, $H_A$ is finite dimensioal, it is well known that $\rho$ has a purification in some larger hilbert space. Let $b$ be the minimum dimension for $H_B$ such ...
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Meaning of the Reduced Density Operator

I am confused about what it is exactly that a reduced density operator describes. To illustrate, I came across the following seemingly paradoxical argument. Consider a biparte system $AB$, described ...
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Writing down an entanglement in bra-ket notation

I have a relatively complex (for me anyhow) situation which I would like to capture in bra-ket notation, rather than in words. However, I've not been able to find a source which will help me ...
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Mapping a given density matrix to the generalized 2-qubit state

The generalized 2-qubit state is given as: $$ \rho = \frac{1}{4}[ I\otimes I + (m_x\sigma_x + m_y\sigma_y + m_z\sigma_z)\otimes I + I \otimes (n_x\sigma_x + n_y\sigma_y + n_z\sigma_z) + ...
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Can the wavefunction of a system be reconstructed from density matrices of subsystems?

Suppose we have several interacting particles in pure state $\left|\psi\right>$. For each of particles we can extract density matrices via $$\rho_i(x_i,x_i^\prime)=\int ...
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Density matrix from Wigner distribution

Density matrix or Wigner function can be defined from the other with Fourier (or inverse) transformation. equivalently the value of W(q,p) can be seen as the mean value of the displaced parity ...
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Purity of a maximally mixed quantum state

The trace of the square of a density matrix(which is also called the Purity of the quantum state) is (lower)bounded by the inverse of the dimension of the Hilbert space and (upper) bounded by 1. I ...
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How to see validity of no signalling principles in case of entangled parties?

From what I understood the density operator $\rho$ is a mathematical tool which tells us about the probabilities of getting a particular output after measurement. I have two parties entangled with ...
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Probabilities of pure states and density operators

According to my skript: A pure state is a ray: $\quad$ $\{λψ\}$, where $ψ ∈ \mathcal H$, $||ψ|| =1$ fixed and $λ ∈ \mathbb C$, $|λ| = 1$. Pure states are uniquely given by 1-dimensional orthogonal ...
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Entangled vectors in hilbert space

We consider a system of two particles of spin $\frac{1}{2}$, each described by the two-dimensional one-particle Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Let $|\pm\rangle\in\mathcal{H}$ denote the eigenvectors of ...
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How do we find the canonical ensemble density matrix for two spins?

A compound system is constructed by two coupling spins, and the Hamiltonian is $$ \hat H = -J\hat\sigma_1·\hat\sigma_2 - \mu_\mathbf{B}\big( \hat\sigma_{1z}+\hat\sigma_{2z} \big)B. $$ So, how ...
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Jump Method and the Lindblad Equation

I am studying the time evolution of a density matrix using the Lindblad equation. My initial density matrix is $\rho(0)=|\alpha\rangle\langle\alpha|$, where $|\alpha\rangle$ is a coherent state. Then ...
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Mixed quantum states and “complete knowledge of the system”

I ran across this statement in a professor's notes and I think it's just a typo, but I wanted to take the opportunity to check my understanding. So in his notes it says: even if we have complete ...
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Definition of the “support” of the reduced density matrix

Some of the papers in condensed matter physics use the word "support" (space). For example, the following papers use the support especially for the reduced density matrix. ...
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Time dependence of the displacement operator

I am following the derivation of the master equation (and application of this) in these lecture notes. Unfortunately I do not follow the step of eliminating the driving terms of the harmonic ...
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Kubo formula for general observables

In the wiki page about Kubo formula, the expectation of some observable under weak time-dependent perturbation is derived. However, from my point of view, some crucial steps are missing. I did the ...
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Why reduced density operator being same is necessary sufficient for no signalling?

Problem Statement : Two parties $A$ ( Alice ) and $B$ ( Bob ) ( in order ) share an entangled pair $\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}(|00\rangle+|01\rangle +|11\rangle)$. Bob does a measurement in basis $\{ ...
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Kraus operators + path integrals = Lindblad equation?

The other day our professor was talking about Kraus representation of density operator and the derivation of Lindblad equation. He told that this was related to the Feynman path integrals and that we ...
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Amount of entanglement in terms of greatest eigen value for hermitian matrices?

I was reading the paper No Universal Qubit Flipper. In this the paper they show inability to create a universal flipping machine. The method they follow is they take an entangled state between Alice ...
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What sort of operations can be applied on a Hilbert spaces?

I was reading the paper No Universal Flipper for Quantum States. In this paper they have tried to prove by contradiction that a universal flipping machine cannot exist. By flipping I mean if I have a ...
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Density matrix of a single qubit as a function of its Stokes Parameters

$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle#1\right|} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1\right\rangle} \newcommand{\prom}[1]{\langle{#1}\rangle} \newcommand{\matrixel}[3]{\bra{#1}{#2}\ket{#3}}$ How can I prove ...
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Strange definition of a two-level system by the Bloch vector

A two-level system can be described by a density operator involving the Bloch vector $$ \vec{r}; \quad r_x = Tr(\rho X); \quad r_y = Tr(\rho Y); \quad r_z = Tr(\rho Z) $$ as $$ \rho = \frac{I + ...