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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 + ...
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Prove the solution of von Neumann equation will never stabilize if Hamiltonian and initial density matrix commutes

Given von Neumann equation $$\frac{d}{dt} \rho(t) = -i [H, \rho(t)] = -i e^{-iHt}[H, \rho(0)]e^{iHt}.$$ If we know that $[H, \rho(0)] \neq 0$, how do we prove in details the solution of von Neumann ...
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Density matrix and irreducible tensor operators

I'm reading those lecture notes on atomic physics. Yesterday I posed a question on reducible tensors, and today I have a question on their relation to the density matrix. If there's any information ...
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How does one describe a state with a density matrix after measuring position?

My question is about position measurement in non relativistic quantum mechanics. I've been taught that when you measure the value of an observable for some state of a system described by ...
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How can all quantum measurement statistics be seen just as projective measurements on pure states?

Let $\rho$ be the density matrix for a system and let the POVMs be $\{E_m\}$ such that $\sum_i {E_m} = I$. The probability of getting the outcome $m$ is $\operatorname{Tr}(E_m \rho)$. The source I ...
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What kind on transformations can be applied on density matrices?

Completely positive trace preserving maps ( CPTP ) transform a valid density matrix to another, then why do we only talk about unitary transformations on density matrices ( $\rho \to U\rho ...
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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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What is the reason for 2 qubits no longer being entangled after interaction with a causality violating qubit?

Background : I was reading the following paper on closed timelike curves ( CTC ) : Quantum Mechanics Near Closed Timelike Curves. The Deutsch consistency equation for CTC is $$\rho_{CTC}=Tr_{CR}( U ...
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Solving for the density operator in the quantum Brownian motion master equation

I want to solve for the density operator in the quantum Brownian motion master equation, \begin{align} \begin{aligned} ...
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Are the Wigner and Husimi transforms injective?

I am wondering if the Wigner function is injective. By injective I mean, that, for every density matrix $\rho$, there is a different Wigner distribution. The same question applies to the Husimi ...
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Importance of zero and non-zero eigenvalues of density matrix

What can we say about the quantum state from the number of zero and non-zero eigenvalues of the corresponding density matrix? Anything related to entanglement or any other properties? Does they vary ...
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Sufficient criterion for su(2) invariant spin-1*spin_s bipartite density matrix

SU(2) invariant spin-1 and spin-S bipartite density matrix is given by $\rho ^{1,S}=\frac1{3*(2S+1)}[1+\alpha {S^A_i\times S^B_i}+\beta S^A_{ij}\times S^B_{ij}]$, i j varies from ...
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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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Heisenberg XXX time evolution operator for three qubits

I've a problem to reproduce the result in equation (4) on page three of this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.2588. So far I've understood that they apply a Heisenberg XXX interaction between ...
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Density operator time evolution in the path integral approach

I want to know how the density operator of a system evovles when we use path integral approach.
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Entropy change in Heisenberg picture

If we stick with Heisenberg picture where density matrix $\rho$ is constant, how do we account for entropy increase? I've read the answer to State collapse in the Heisenberg picture but I don't see ...
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Wigner-Yanase skew information [closed]

I am reading Eric Carlen's paper on Trace Inequalities and Quantum Entropy. I am currently reading about the Wigner-Yanase skew information which is defined as: $$I_{WY}(\rho)=-\frac{1}{2} ...
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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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Operator that takes us from one density matrix to another?

Let's say we have two systems A and B. Each system is described by a density matrix $\rho_A$ and $\rho_B$. I'm wondering about the formal notation to write down the expectation value of an operator ...