Quantum information is the study of the informational content of quantum states. The most common object of study is the "qubit", the information in a two-state quantum system such as spin-1/2 or photon polarization.

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What is an incoherent state?

I am reading through a recent paper which speaks frequently of "incoherent states" without ever defining what such a state is. I gather from the context of the paper that it has something to do with ...
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Does Unitary operator take a pure state to a pure state or can it take a pure state to a mixed state?

Does Unitary operator take a pure state to a pure state or can it take a pure state to a mixed state? I think so but why? I assume the Unitary operator acts on a pure state only.
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Bloch sphere representation of $\sigma_x$ operator on $|1\rangle$

I am trying to visualize a Hamiltonian H=$\hat{\sigma_x}$ $$ \hat{\sigma}_{x} = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{array} \right) $$ acting on the state $| 1 \rangle$. I can write ...
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Can we perform matrix operations of CNOT on 2 qubit systems? [closed]

I am trying to get started on quantum computing. I find that 2x2 matrices like Pauli X,Y,Z,or gates like H,S can be used to perform operations on single qubits as direct matrix multiplication. For e.g ...
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Teleportation without classical channel

In an article on vixra, there is a statement that teleportation of information can be done without the use of classical communication channel. I know that this is forbidden by the no-communication ...
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The state below has non-zero entanglement, but why is its discord zero? [on hold]

|ψ⟩=(|00⟩+|11⟩)/√2. after calculation, I get $\delta=cos^2(\theta)\log cos^2(\theta)+sin^2(\theta)\log sin^2(\theta)$, Its minimum value is 0, therefore the discord of the state is zero. But there is ...
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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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Relationship between Unitary rotation and projectors in Proof for relation between principal angles using Jordan's Lemma [on hold]

I am trying to understand the proof of the following theorem, given in Fast amplification of QMA: We want to first establish some relations which will be needed to understand the following theorem ...
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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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Questions on the Lechner-Hauke-Zoller quantum annealing architecture

The Lechner-Hauke-Zoller quantum annealing architecture was first introduced in A quantum annealing architecture with all-to-all connectivity from local interactions. While going through the paper, I ...
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Why is Quantum Teleportation important in Cryptography?

I think the physical principle is that (Wikipedia): For every qubit teleported, Alice needs to send Bob two classical bits of information. These two classical bits do not carry complete ...
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Partial trace with unitary [closed]

We know that $\mathrm{Tr}_B(\rho(t))\neq\rho _{S}(t)$ in general. But why if we include the unitary in the partial trace: \begin{eqnarray} \mathrm{Tr}_B( U_B^\dagger (t)\rho(t) U_B(t)) &=& ...
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Probability of measuring a pure qubit state after some unitary rotation [closed]

Suppose I have the prepared state $$|+\rangle = \frac{|0\rangle + |1\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$$ and the unitary $Z_{\pi/2}$ which rotates a state in the Bloch sphere by $+\pi/2$ about the $z$-axis. As I ...
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Von Neumann entropy of mixtures of coherent states

I'm trying to calculate the Von Neumann entropy of statistical mixtures of coherent states. The problem is that such states are in general non-Gaussian, so one cannot follow the formalism developed ...
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How are the field operator and quantum state after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter individually?

How are the field operator $\hat{a}$, $\hat{a}^\dagger$ and the quantum state (like coherent state $|\alpha>$, Fock state $|n>$) changed after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter ...
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On LOCC operations

I am trying to learn quantum information theory. Suppose we have a bipartite (as well as multi-partite) quantum system $H_A \otimes H_B$. What is a LOCC map $\phi: \mathcal{B}(H_A \otimes H_B) ...
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How is the lifetime of a symmetric and antisymmetric state determined by its constituents

In the context of quantum mechanics, there is the concept of so called symmetric and antisymmetric states, which can have multiple constituents. A type of hybridized state, if you will. To keep the ...
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Why can't a classical bit behave like a qubit?

For example i have a 2 qubits which can have 4 possibilities i.e. 00, 01, 10, 11 so this shows that the 2 qubits can contain four bits of information as they are superpositioned but i think 2 ...
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are locally unique pure quantum states also ground states of some local hamiltonian?

Let $H=\sum_i H_i$ be some k-local hamiltonian with a unique ground state $|\psi>$. Then it is easily shown that $|\psi>$ is k-locally distinguishable from any other state $|\psi'>$. Is the ...
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A 'distance' measure that involves 3 quantum states

The following question was asked by my friend Elie Wolfe. Given two quantum (or even classical) states $\rho, \sigma$, there are various measures that say how 'far' these two quantum states are, such ...
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How is CNOT operation realized physically?

I think I understood very well how operations on one qubit are done - if qubit is electron, we just apply magnetic field in direction we want to make spin precess (unitary operations on single qubit). ...
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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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Complexity of quantum simulation

Richard Feynman showed that Quantum simulation on a Turing machine will have an exponential slowdown. If that is so, does this put quantum simulation outside of P (complexity class)? I thought quantum ...
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What's Bob's state after this quantum circuit? [closed]

As shown in the picture, we know Alice's state will be intact after this circuit, but what about Bob's state, will it be $|0\rangle$ or $(|0\rangle+|1\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$ and why? I think it will be ...
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Why probability of detection by performing unambiguous quantum measurement is less than random guess in mesoscopic quantum regime?

In mesoscopic quantum regime (mean photon number 10000) and non-orthogonal coherent state(number of non-orthogonal coherent state 2000), why probability of detection by performing quantum unambiguous ...
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Why probability of detection of optimum unambiguous discrimination between linearly independent symmetric states is less than random guess? [duplicate]

Considering the analysis and result of this paper, http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/9807023v1.pdf, I have used equation (3.15) and (4.3) to calculate the optimum probability of success for mean photon ...
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Does the Observer Effect define quantum behavior regardless of conscious observation?

I read the Wikipedia article about the Observer effect and I was a bit confused by the wording of the introductory section. Does the method of observation collapse the wave function (or define the ...
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Interference experiment and entanglement with apparatus

Consider a single photon in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Considering the photon only, the output state is the sum over both paths $$\vert 1 \rangle + \vert 2 \rangle=\vert \psi \rangle + ...
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Transition rate of two level system subjected to noise

(this question is simpler than its length implies. I did this on purpose to provide a nice complete development for future readers) The setup Suppose we have a two-level quantum system with ...
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Gaining intuition over Hamiltonian for qubit systems

A typical Hamiltonian for a two state system with some driving field can be written as $$H=J(t)\sigma_z+h\sigma_x$$ This represents a qubit system driven along a single axis. On the other hand we ...
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How does quantum superposition make calculation faster?

In every description of a quantum computer I've seen (that isn't extremely technical), they've been described as computers that use qubits, that use a superposition of 1 and 0 to make processing ...
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Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers explain observable transformations

The Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers (Daniel Gottesman) http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9807006 Suppose we have a quantum computer in the state $|\psi\rangle$, and we apply the ...
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Subgroups of the Clifford Group

We recall the definition of a Clifford group (over $n$ qubits) is the set of unitary transformations: $$\{U: UPU^\dagger\in\mathcal{P}\}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the corresponding Pauli group ...
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Physical interpretation of applying a unitary operator to a state

When we apply one of the Pauli matrices $\sigma_y$ on one of its eigen-vectors $| \odot \rangle$, what does the eigen-value tell us about $| \odot \rangle$? Is this considered a measurement of $| ...
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What is the use of a Universal-NOT gate?

The universal-NOT gate in quantum computing is an operation which maps every point on the Bloch sphere to its antipodal point (see Buzek et al, Phys. Rev. A 60, R2626–R2629). In general, a single ...
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quantum clone of orthogonal quantum states

I am a little bit confused about the no-cloning theorem for two orthogonal quantum states. In Nielson&Chuang page 24-25, it states that an unknown state $|\phi\rangle$ cannot be copied since ...
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What gives a particle its identity?

A lot of very smart people have stitched together the standard model, and I accept it. I don't understand it, but I assume there should be a mechanism of sorts that gives a particle some fundamental ...
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Constructing a POVM to discriminate $m$ quantum states. What if they're linearly dependent?

I've come across this problem in Nielsen & Chuang's Quantum Information book (problem 2.64) Suppose Bob is given a quantum state chosen from a set $|ψ_1 \rangle, . . . , |ψ_m\rangle$ of linearly ...
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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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Are there any specific examples of the application of Lewis-Riesenfeld procedure to time dependent Hamiltonians in QM?

Lewis-Riesenfeld invariant theory is a theory applicable to solve time-dependent Schrodinger equations. I have always encountered the theory related to the procedure, however never encountered any ...
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What processes create or destroy information?

From a classical standpoint, it seems pretty clear that information can be easily lost. If you knock over a bookshelf and the books fall out, it seems like their initial order on the shelf cannot be ...
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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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Exact solution of Qubit Decoherence using Transfer Matrix

I'm going through a particular paper on decoherence: Exact Solution of Qubit Decoherence models by a transfer matrix method I'm having trouble understanding a particular step in the mathematics ...
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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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If we can't clone quantum states, then how does stimulated emission work? [duplicate]

So we know we cannot fully copy a quantum state. But doesn't stimulated emission does just that? Say, a photon in a particular qubit state $|\psi\rangle = \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle$ passes ...
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Collective angular momentum , Dicke states and indistinguishable particles

During course of quantum mechanics we dealt with addition of angular momenta. If we have two particles with spin $j_1$ and $j_2$ we can introduce total spin operator: $$\mathbf{J} = \mathbf{j}^{(1)} ...
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how do you find a schmidt basis and how can the schmidt decomposition be used for operators?

There's a System in the state $|\Psi\rangle=\frac{1}{2}\left(|00\rangle+|01\rangle+|10\rangle+|11\rangle\right)$. I know that that's not an entangled state, since ...
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Measurement on two Qubits

Assuming I have two Qubits, i.e. a four-dim. Hilbert space. In the following, I choose the basis {|11>,|10>,|01>,|00>}. I want to have a look on the non-diagonal part <11|$\rho$|00>. How can I ...