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Is it ever necessary to extend an analysis of Grover's algorithm beyond $k/N = 1/2$?

Is it ever necessary to extend an analysis of Grover's algorithm beyond $k/N = 1/2$, where $k$ is the number of "hits" in a total of $N$ possible values for $|\,x\rangle$? If we know $k$, and know ...
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Studying Feynman articles nowadays

I'm curious to know if it's useful to study Feynman article "Quantum Mechanical Computer" nowadays. I'm a computer scientist, and i don't know any of the literature in quantum computers. Since long ...
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Does quantum computing rely on particular interpretations of quantum mechanics?

It is my understanding that quantum computing relies on quantum superposition and entanglement to work--qbits must exist in all states simultaneously before giving a particular result when observed. ...
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2 following gates, inverse circuit

I have a circuit that has 4 wires and 2 following each other Toffoli gates. The first Toffoli gate occupies 3 wires from above, the following Toffoli gate occupies 3 wires from below. What will look ...
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2 following gates, permutation matrix

I have a circuit that has 4 wires and 2 following each other Toffoli gates. I have permutation matrix for each Toffoli gate (A and B). Do I have to multiply that 2 matrices to get the entire ...
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fixed input qubit state to an arbirary pure state using two variable rotations and one fixed rotation

It is a theorem that any arbitrary unitary transformation in SU(2) can be factored into the following form: $ O = U_X(\theta) U_Y(\phi) U_X(\delta) $ Where $U_X$ is a Bloch sphere rotation. I ...
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Entropy of a state subject to the action of a set of random unitaries

Suppose that we have a known set of unitaries $U_1,...,U_n$ randomly selected from the Haar measure and suppose that each unitary is applied with probability $\frac{1}{n}$ to some input state $\rho$ ...
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Basic questions in Majorana fermions

Why any fermion can be written as a combination of two Majorana fermions? Is there any physical meaning in it? Why Majorana fermion can be used for topological quantum computation?
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Quantum gate: Phase shift

I dont undestand how to apply a phase shift gate to a qubit. By example how to map $|\psi_0\rangle = \cos (30^\circ) |0\rangle + \sin (30^\circ) |1\rangle$ to $|\psi_1\rangle = \cos(-15^\circ) ...
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Hadamard gates and constructing them

Can anyone explain the process required to make a Hadamard gate that acts on 1st, 2nd and 3rd qbits? For Hgates acting on the first qubit i realise the matrix is $H=\begin{pmatrix} ...
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Scaling of quantum error correction

I'm having a question regarding quantum error correction. Using a large number of imperfect (but already very good) quantum gates, it is in theory possible to build an equivalent, error-corrected ...
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Quantum computers: are they possible or impossible?

I know quantum computers are very complicated and my question is is there any way in "Principle" to create one? Are there already quantum computers being created?
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How to apply a Hadamard gate?

How to apply a Hadamard gate to 3 qubits? by example how to apply $H$ to $(1/\sqrt{2})(\left|000\right> + \left|111\right>)$?
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Help on controlled quantum gates?

Obviusly a controlled-not gate is possible, is a not-controlled gate possible? I need a gate to flip the first qbit and leave the second unchanged, but in literature I have never seen such a gate. ...
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Quantum Teleportation Fidelity

I understand that quantum teleportation fidelity is the overlap of the initial quantum state with the teleported quantum state. If the teleportation is perfect, then the fidelity would equal 1 or 100% ...
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Reversible gates

Is it possible to make any gate reversible merely by retaining the input bits in the output and introducing ancilla bits as necessary? That is, given an irreversible gate with $k$ inputs and $l$ ...
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Computability of physics

As far as I understand a Universal Quantum Simulator can simulate any quantum system and thus anything that exists in the universe. Also, a quantum computer can implement such a quantum simulator. ...
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Constructing a Toffoli gate with 2-and 1-qubit gates?

I'm looking through Nielson's book on quantum computation and information and in part of it he says that any $C^2(U)$ gate can be constructed from two qubit and one qubit gates. I can't figure out how ...
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Quantum computing problem [closed]

Suppose that a qubit is in the state $|\varphi\rangle=a|0\rangle+\sqrt{1-a^2}|1\rangle$, where $a\in[-1,1]$. If we first perform a standard basis measurement on this qubit and then perform a ...
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Uneven Quantum Measurement

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| {#1} \right> }$ I have no academic background in physics, but I'm attempting to study quantum computation. I have read that a quantum system of two qubits is ...
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Finding all marked element by Grover search(not in superposition)

Quantum search enables square-sped up search for marked element. When there are multiple maked element, grover search provides only superposition of them. If I want to find all the marked elements, ...
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Quantum Computing Power Advantages

Currently, the world's fastest supercomputer runs at 17.59 Petaflops, which consumes 9 megawatts of electricity. A qubit-based quantum computer has the potential to operate much more quickly for some ...
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Non-destructive measurement of qbits

Yale news "New qubit control bodes well for future of quantum computing" (Original paper) says: "The Yale physicists successfully devised a new, non-destructive measurement system for observing, ...
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Controlled-measurement of a quantum register

Given a state vector $\left[\alpha,\beta,\gamma,\delta\right]$ which is not known a priori, does there exist an operation, which I will call "controlled-measurement", which results in the ensemble ...
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If quantum computation is reversible, what is the point of Grover's search algorithm?

Wikipedia et al say the following about Grover's algorithm: Although the purpose of Grover's algorithm is usually described as “searching a database”, it may be more accurate to describe it as ...
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If the ground states of interacting QFTs are so complicated, how did Nature find them?

My question was inspired by trying to understand the paper Quantum Algorithms for Quantum Field Theories, by Jordan, Lee, and Preskill. The main result of that paper is that scattering experiments in ...
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Qubit, one or two complex numbers?

I'm currently reading up on quantum computing and it seems like I have found some contradiction about how to represent qubits. It is often stated that a qubit is represented as $a|0\rangle + ...
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NOT Universal Operator and Computational basis

This is the relationship between density operator and Bloch vector: $$\rho= \frac{1}{2}({\bf{\hat{1}}}+{\bf{b}}.\boldsymbol{\hat{\sigma}})$$ We define the NOT Universal Operator in the following way: ...
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How is a Qubit in two states under Superposition?

I have read a little about Quantum computing. From what I understand, Quantum Superposition is when a qubit is in a state $\alpha|0\rangle$ + $\beta|1\rangle$, where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are ...
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Why is quantum entanglement so important?

Entanglement also allows multiple states to be acted on simultaneously, unlike classical bits that can only have one value at a time. Entanglement is a necessary ingredient of any quantum ...
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Latest advances in experimental quantum processors?

I'm and undergraduate student and I'm doing a report on Quantum computing. As a conclusion of my report I'd like to highlight the latest experimental advances in Quantum Computing, especially in ...
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What is the basic idea behind how quantum computation is supposed to work?

As far as I know that QM is probability-based and Feynman proposed a quantum computer (QC) as an emulator for fast computation. Reading the introductory articles, I just do not get the essence of the ...
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Why do we want to entangle qubits?

The title is pretty much all I want to ask. Why are qubits entangled? To my knowledge (which isn't that deep) a quantum register can be realized without entangling the qubits.
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Using wavepackets instead of photons in quantum computer

Why does a photonic quantum computer require photons? Why wouldn't wave packets work just as well, better in fact since it would get away from the use of fragile single photons? (Article)
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How many states can a n qubit quantum computer store?

A classical computer composed of '0' or '1' transistors stores $2^n$ states. Is it true that a quantum computer composed of '0' or '1' or '0 & 1' qubits stores $3^n$ states?
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Computer Science Modeling of Physical World

I am curious what efforts have been made to date to define virtual computer worlds based on the physics we know in the real world? I think it would be awesome to say start off with an atom defining ...
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Do error checking costs of quantum computing shrink BQP?

BQP is the set of problems solvable in polynomial time for a given error tolerance, and it is suspected to be larger than P (and BPP, which is probably equal to P). However, inability for the gates to ...
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No cloning theorem and exclusive-or (XOR) operator

According to IBM's website, [...]where we would [classically] have done an assignment (x=y), we instead initialize the target (x=0) and use exclusive or (x^=y). This sounds like x is a copy ...
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How is a qubit realized in a cavity?

Considering a single photon in a cavity, how is a qubit realized in this setup? How is the qubit $|0\rangle$ or $|1\rangle$ manipulated? I.e. how are the transitions $|0\rangle \to |1\rangle$ and ...
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Mathematically challenging areas in Quantum information theory and quantum cryptography

I am a physics undergrad and thinking of exploring quantum information theory. I had a look at some books in my college library. What area in QIT, is the most mathematically challenging and rigorous? ...
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Will quantum computers ever work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do some physicists believe that scalable quantum computing is possible? The idea of a quantum computer is that a quantum system can be in a Quantum Superposition of ...
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Quantum computers and algorithm performance

I have a question. Gradually quantum computers will emerge someday. So, nowadays making algorithm efficient is important; I mean, making it optimal to run as fast as possible. But once quantum PC ...
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What is the most natural classical polynomial complexity class that includes all of BQP and NP?

Since we know that there are some oracle problems which can be solved on a quantum computer, but not on an NP machine with the same oracle, the idea of nondeterministic (i.e. infinitely parallel) ...
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How can quantum (Internet) network be possible?

According to the knowledge I have, there are routers, switches etc. Therefore, packets would have to be "measured" before continuing on. (If not, how will anyone know the damn IP address?) But this ...
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Does Heisenberg's energy-time uncertainty principle imply that quantum computing is no more efficient than classical computing?

See http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0006080v1 "On Non Efficiency of Quantum Computer", by Robert Alicki. In this paper, the author argues using Heisenberg's energy-time uncertainty principle, that ...
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If quantum mechanics is ultimately deterministic, would Shor's factorization algorithm still work for large integers?

Victor Stenger argues that the apparent randomness in quantum mechanics is a result of the randomness in the macroscopic detectors (similar to the randomness in the laws of thermodynamics) and is not ...
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Does quantum fingerprinting really argue for the exponential size of wavefunctions?

Does quantum fingerprinting really argue for the exponential size of wavefunctions? Quantum fingerprinting is the idea that an exponentially long classical string can be encoded in a linear number of ...
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Fast algorithm for maximizing the quantum fidelity

Consider the following optimization problem: Given a quantum state $\sigma$, a constant $b$ and a Hermitian operator $A$, find $\underset{\rho} \max F(\rho,\sigma)$ subject to $\text{Tr}(\rho ...
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Why do some physicists believe that scalable quantum computing is possible? [closed]

If you drop a glass cup on the ground, it will break and shatter into pieces. This happens all the time and is consistent with quantum mechanics. But it never happens that a shattered glass cup ...
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what breakthrough Physics needs to make quantum computers work?

I read some posts on this forum and some articles which repeatedly state that it is not impossible to build q-comps but to make it successful, physics needs a great breakthrough. I tried finding but ...