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

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Can every density operator be written as an outer product of two vectors?

I have a feeling this is a very basic question. I apologize if it is. Using Dirac's notation, can every (mixed) density operator $\rho_A$ of system $A$ be written as the ket-bra (outer) product $|a_1 ...
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What is the entropy of a pure state?

Well, zero of course. Because $S = -\text{tr}(\rho \ln \rho)$ and $\rho$ for a pure state gives zero entropy. But... all quantum states are really pure states right? A mixed state just describes ...
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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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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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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 Matrix representation of excited atoms

I'd like to get an answer to this question from someone who knows his density matrix theory. I want to compare two different systems and ask how their density matrix representation looks. First look ...
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Density matrix: error with diagonalization claim and fixing it

On page 174 of Townsend's "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics", 2nd edition, it says the following: "For a mixed state, one for which $p_k$ is the probability that a particle is in the state ...
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Using open system dynamics to define a quantum state

Background The density matrix of a closed quantum system with Hilbert space $\mathscr H$ evolves according to the von Neumann equation \begin{align*} i\hbar\dot\rho=[H,\rho]. \end{align*} Given a ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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Two definitions of the density matrix?

There seems to be two different definitions of definitions of density matrices in Physics. In Quantum Information we define a the density matrix associated with a wave function $ | \psi \rangle$ as ...
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A seemingly paradox for Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis (ETH)

ETH states that for a system, all of its eigenstates thermalize. To be more specific, consider an energy eigenstate of the full system $H|n\rangle=E_n|n\rangle$. If the full system is in this ...
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What is the qualitative difference between quantum superpostion and mixed states? [duplicate]

As I understand it, if one has a complete knowledge of the state of a quantum system (insofar as one knows the statistical distributions of all the observables associated with the state) then one can ...
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Shape of the state space under different tensor products

I am currently studying generalized probabilistic theories. Let me roughly recall how such a theory looks like (you can skip this and go to "My question" if you are familiar with this). Recall: In a ...
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Quantum computing entanglement dimensions question

While trying to understand the basics of how quantum computers work, I recently read this statement. "...consider that single-qubit states can be represented by a point inside a sphere in ...
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Completely positive maps and symmetric states

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be a completetely positive trace preserving map (aka a quantum channel) acting on a finite dimensional system $\mathrm{A}$, and let $\pi$ denote the maximally mixed state on ...
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Physical meaning of $Tr(\rho ^2)$

If $\rho$ is the density matrix of a system then $Tr(\rho ^2) \leq 1$. If the equality holds the system is in a pure state and it is in a mixed state otherwise. But, what is the physical meaning of ...
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Probability distribution of a pretty-good measurement

Let $\rho_{XE}$ be a classical-quantum state. That is, $$ \rho_{XE} = \sum_{x}\Pr[X=x] \cdot |x\rangle \langle x | \otimes \rho_{x} $$ where every $\rho_{x}$ is a density matrix with ...
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Difference between DMRG (density matrix renomalization group) and MPS (matrix product states)?

I am learning DMRG recently. I noticed there are many papers both in the DMRG approach and MPS (such as variational matrix product state (VMPS) by F.Verstraete and J.I.Cirac) approach. In my eyes, ...
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Berry phase with density matrix approach

Berry phase, coming from Schrodinger equation, has well known form in terms of closed integral $$\gamma = \int_C A(\xi) d\xi $$ with Berry connection $$A(\xi) = i < \psi(\xi) | \partial_{\xi} | ...
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the density matrix in QFT on a cylinder

My question regards the density matrix in quantum field theory on a cylinder. The partition function is given by $Z=\text{Tr} e^{-\beta H}$. The elements of this thermal density matrix become ...
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Can mixed states be treated in the second quantization formalism? [closed]

In the first quantization formalism, mixed states can be handled using density matrices. When treating many-body quantum systems however, the second quantization formalism often comes handier, ...
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Normal Ordering and Smearing

I read on Wikipedia two different descriptions of the "Husimi-Q representation." One is that it is the Wigner function convolved with a Gaussian, which in particular results in a positive definite ...
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How to represent a Liouville projection superoperator in Hilbert space?

Is there a general way to represent a Liouville projection operator in Hilbert space, or can they take on any form so long as they satisfy the required properties of a projector? e.g. The thermal ...
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How is quantum superposition different from mixed state?

According to Wikipedia, if a system has $50\%$ chance to be in state $\left|\psi_1\right>$ and $50\%$ to be in state $\left|\psi_2\right>$, then this is a mixed state. Now consider state ...
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How to include temperature effect in optical bloch equations (optical pumping)?

My problem is about the optical pumping of Alkali atoms by circularly polarized pump light. Consider a circular polarized light ($\Delta m=+1$) $$\vec{E}(z,t)= \vec{E}^{(+)}_0 e^{-i\nu t}+c.c. $$ ...
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Understanding the optimal approximate qubit cloning method

I'm trying to understand the operation used for optimal cloning of pure qubits states from the paper Optimal Cloning of Pure States by R. F. Werner. The paper describes the optimal cloning method ...
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2x2 Matrices that are not valid quantum states

Given a 2-dimensional Hilbert space, quantum states can be expressed as $2\times 2$ density matrices. In terms of the Pauli matrices, or Bloch representation, they can be written as \begin{equation} ...
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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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What is the physical interpretation of the density matrix in a double continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$, $|\beta\rangle$?

(a) Any textbook gives the interpretation of the density matrix in a single continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$: The diagonal elements $\rho(\alpha, \alpha) = \langle \alpha |\hat{\rho}| \alpha ...
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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 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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reduced density matrix of multiparticle system

Let the state of a composite system is $|\psi_{i}\rangle$ then the density matrix is defined as, $\rho=\sum P_{i}|\psi_{i}\rangle\langle\psi_{i}|$ Consider a composite system of two particles and its ...
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Complex vector on Block sphere [closed]

I've the following problem. Given this vector on a 3D complex space: $$\\\\ {\phi_{1}} = \begin{matrix}% 1/2(-1, & i\sqrt{2}, &1)^{T} \end{matrix}\\ $$ Is it possible to draw it on the ...
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Reduced density matrix

During a course on quantum mechanics we've been talking about density matrices. Now I came across the following exercise. Consider a two spin $\frac{1}{2}$ systems, labeled 1 and 2. Calculate: ...
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Density matrices vs Pauli matrices

Studying quantum mechanics, I have suddenly come to the conclusion that Pauli matrices are essentially density matrices for spin systems. Does it make any sense or I have missed something?
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Relationship between the Lindblad Equation and Redfield Equation

Both the Lindblad and Redfield Equation both model the open quantum system dynamics given a Hamiltonian and some operators. What is the relationship between the two equations? How can they transformed ...
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Harmonic oscillator with heat bath

I need to calculate the expectation value for a harmonic oscillator coupled to a heat bath using the trace method. I know that the density operator looks like: $$\rho = \frac{e^{-H / k_B ...
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How do we prove $P(a_{n})=Tr\{\rho|a_{n}\rangle\langle a_{n}|\}$ in a mixed state?

If we have a mixed state such that, with probability $P_{1}$ the system is in state $|\psi_{1}\rangle$ and with probability $P_{2}$ the system is in the state $|\psi_{2}\rangle$ How do we prove that ...
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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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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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Decoherence in the long time limit of density matrix elements

For a state $$ |\Psi(t)\rangle = \sum_{k}c_k e^{-iE_kt/\hbar}|E_k\rangle, $$ the density matrix elements in the energy basis are $$ \rho_{ab}(t) = c_a c^*_be^{-it(E_a -E_b)/\hbar} $$ How is it that ...
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Is it correct to represent a mixed state by a wavefunction?

Many sources (such as The Physics of Quantum Mechanics and the answers to this Physics.SE question) warn against conflating a mixed state where $|\psi\rangle$ is $|n\rangle$ with probability $p_n$, ...
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Density matrices & spin correlation

So I have two 1/2 spin systems A and B in a singlet state $|ψ>=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|\uparrow \downarrow>−|\downarrow \uparrow>)$ . The question is: If I measured B and got $S_{Bz}=\hbar/2$ . ...
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How to define a non-thermal state? [closed]

I got a very vague question. A thermal state is defined by $$\rho=\frac{e^{(-\beta H)}}{Z_\beta},$$ where $Z$ is the partition function. I want do now calculations with "non-thermal states", but ...
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States versus ensembles in quantum mechanics

In quantum mechanics, we talk about (1) vectors, (2) states, and (3) ensembles (e.g., a beam in a particle accelerator). Suppose we want to translate this into mathematical definitions. If I'd never ...
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canonical ensemble density matrix numerical integration of the von Neumann equation

I am working with a numerically calculated Eigensystem of a given non-linear Hamiltonian. As a test I integrated Schrödinger equation for each eigenstate in time with Dormand Prince 54 and also Runge ...
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How can I calculate the partial trace for a combined state of a pair of two-level atoms to get a reduced state? [closed]

Let's say I have a combined state of a pair of two-level atoms, $A$ and $B$, given by the density matrix: $$ \rho = \frac{1}{2}\mid g_A, g_B \rangle \langle g_A, g_B\mid + \frac{1}{2} \mid g_A, e_B ...
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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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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 ...