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 do we mean by Unitary Dynamics in Quantum Computing?

In the afterword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition of the book Quantum Computation and Quantum Information the authors say: For many years, the conventional wisdom was that coherent ...
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Operational difference between separable, entangled, PPT and NPT states

Given two parties Alice and Bob, a state $\rho_{AB}$ is said to be separable if it can be written as $\rho_{AB}=\sum_i p_i\rho^i_A\otimes\rho^i_B$, with $p_i$ being probabilities and ...
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When was Electromagnetically Induced Transparency first introduced?

The oldest paper I know regarding this topic was published in 1997 by Stephen E. Harris. But I am not sure if he is the first to introduce this idea. Could you tell me when and by who did introduce ...
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Quantum Bayesianism and contradictory preditions of two agents

In quantum Bayesianism (QBsim) interpretation, the wave function $| \psi \rangle$, or density operator $\hat{\rho} = | \psi \rangle \langle \psi |$, is not objective. It is instead interpreted as the ...
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Quantum cloning of orthonormal states

If I understand correctly, for two orthonormal states $\left|\psi_1\right\rangle$ and $\left|\psi_2\right\rangle$ in the Hilbert space H, there must exist a unitary transformation $U$, such that: ...
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What does it mean that quantum teleportation can be classically simulated?

Quoting here from Quantum Computation by Nielsen and Chuang : (Gottesman–Knill theorem) Suppose a quantum computation is performed which involves only the following elements: state preparations ...
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A question on partial trace and density matrix computation

Consider a Pure state of a two dimensional system $|\psi\rangle={1\over\sqrt{2}}(|e_1\rangle|e_1\rangle+|e_2\rangle|e_2\rangle)$ where $\{|e_i\rangle\}$ is an orthonormal basis. Could any one just ...
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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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EPR paradox: instantaneous vs very fast?

An EPR quantum experiment can be explained by instantaneous collapse of the wave function regardless of the distance separating a pair of entangled particles. But do we have the certainty that the ...
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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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Two Qubit problem

A two-qubit system was originally in the state $ \frac{3}{4}|00\rangle-\frac{\sqrt{5}}{4}|01\rangle+\frac{1}{4}|10\rangle-\frac{1}{4}|11\rangle $ , and then we measured the first qubit to ...
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Can a qubit have an imaginary component?

My knowledge of linear algebra is limited and my physics knowledge mostly comes from high school and Youtube so please bear with me. In the equation $$|x\rangle = a|0\rangle+b|1\rangle,$$ I read that ...
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How to solve such a maximal entropy oriented optimization problem?

I am considering such a problem: (1) Given a finite dimensional composite system AB whose initial state is a product state of A and B so that $\rho_{AB}=\rho_A\otimes \rho_B$. (2) Assuming AB ...
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Understanding amplitude amplification in quantum computing

In short, what is the essence of amplitude amplification type of techniques that appear in quantum computing? More precisely, my main questions are, relating them more to Grover's search which ...
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Understanding the delayed choice quantum eraser from a quantum information stand point

A continuation of Understanding the quantum eraser from a quantum information stand point What quantum circuit would correspond to delayed choice? In particular, the decision of whether to not to ...
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Fermi's Golden Rule

Consider a system with countable quantum states. One can define $J_{ij}$ as the rate of transition of probability from i-th to j-th quantum state. In H-theorem, if one assumes both $$ H:=\sum_{i} ...
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Issues with the proof of the no-cloning theorem

The no-cloning theorem states according to Wikipedia that it is impossible to create an identical copy of an arbitrary unknown quantum state. As far as I am aware the theorem is usually proofen ...
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Book question positive square root on quantum operator

On p.86 Section 2.2.4 of the Quantum computation and quantum information book by Nielsen, $M_{o}$ is defined as the positive square root of the positive operator. Is the "positive square root" ...
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Approximation of an unitary operator by simple operators

For quantum computation, it's well known that any unitary operator can be approximated with an arbitrary accuracy by simple operators, for example to approximate an unitary operator on n qubits by no ...
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What does conditional probability mean in case of two party system where no-signalling holds?

Background to the problem: I have two parties ( spatially separated ) $A$ and $B$ each having a set of measurements $M_A$ and $M_B$ respectively, and set of outcomes $m_A$ and $m_B$ respectively. Let ...
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Is a zero-energy universe necessarily also a zero-information universe?

The universe needs to be near zero energy to not crumple in on itself. Under the same logic, does it also need to have near zero information content to prevent the passage of time from burning it to ...
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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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Bloch representation. Why Pauli operators?

Why do I know that a general qubit state can be written as $$ \rho = \frac 1 2 \big(\mathbb 1 +\vec r \vec \sigma\big)\;\text ? $$ It is clear that the factor of $1/2$ comes from $\text{tr}\rho=1$. ...
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Quantum coherence and decoherence

In Quantum Mechanics coherent states are defined as eigenstates to some annihilation operator. Afaik this notion is due to Roy Glauber. Now, I just read that if you have a spin-state for example, ...
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Physical significance of Williamson parameters

I am trying to read some of the quantum mechanical problems from a mathematical point of view, and came to the following problem. Let us consider a $n$ mode quantum Gaussian state (which is in ...
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Can one representation of a projector operator be re-arranged to get another?

I have a vector space $V$ and a subspace of $V$, $W$. Let $P$ be the projection operator for subspace $W$. Also let the dimension of $W$ be $d$. Also I have two orthonormal basis $(a_1,a_2,...a_d)$ ...
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Finding all decompositions of mixed states

Some quantities, such as the entanglement of formation, are defined using a quantity that is minimized over all possible decompositions of a mixed state. A closed form can be found for this in some ...
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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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Are superoperators (CPTPM) equal if they are equal on all density operators?

$\DeclareMathOperator\tr{tr} $Is the following statement true? Conjecture: Let $\cal E_1,\cal E_2$ be completely positive trace-preserving maps (quantum superoperators). Assume that for any positive ...
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Projection operators in a direct product space

The things I'm pretty sure I understand: Let's say I have a single particle hamiltonian $H$ represented by a $2$x$2$ matrix, so it has two eigenstates $|\lambda_1\rangle$ and $|\lambda_2\rangle$. I ...
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characterization of non-entangling gates

I suspect the following is true and "well-known" but I cannot find any reference for it. Can anyone help? Let $U$ be a unitary quantum gate acting on a pair of $d$-dimensional qudits. Suppose $U$ is ...
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Proof involving tensor product

I am trying to prove when the following holds: $$|a\rangle |b\rangle \langle c|\langle d| = |a\rangle \langle c| \otimes |b\rangle \langle d|$$ where $\otimes$ stands for tensor product and the ...
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Is the spin and charge of an atom a quantum or classical concept?

I have no idea whether these properties of an atom fall under quantum or classical physics, or perhaps both. Some clarification would be helpful.
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Thermodynamics for Dummies: Entropy and temperature

I do not study physics and I have never had a course in thermodynamics. I have no idea what it is about, but I am currently taking a course where we had something about entropy. Would be great if ...
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What is Getting in the Way of Testing D-Wave?

I know there are other questions i.e. Do quantum computers manufactured by D-Wave Systems, Inc. work? , What can the D-Wave quantum computer do? , etc. But I can't seem to find my answer. What is ...
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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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How to derive quantum Fourier transform from discrete Fourier transform (DFT)?

I am interested in Shor's algorithm, and I am reading several papers that related to the quantum Fourier transform (QFT). I know the there is a difference between the output of QFT and DFT (DFT). ...
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Do generalized Pauli Operators generate SU(n)?

A commonly used generalization of Pauli Operators is the "clock" and "shift" operators summarized here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalizations_of_Pauli_matrices Pauli Operators are generators ...
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Physical Interpretation of the Bloch vector

In the expression of the density matrix of a (Electron-Spin) Qubit $$ \rho=\frac{1}{2}(I + x \sigma_x + y \sigma_y + z \sigma_z) $$ where $\tau=(x,y,z)$ is unit vector in the Bloch sphere, which is ...
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What does “decompositions of a mixed state” mean?

I came across an expression for Entanglement of formation for a mixed state $$E_F(\rho_{AB}) = \text{min}\sum_i p_i S(\rho^i_B)\leq S(\rho_B)$$ where minimum is taken over all the decompositions of ...
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Practical example of stabilizer codes

Given the Steane code $$ \left|0\right\rangle_L \equiv \frac{1}{\sqrt{8}}(\left|0000000\right\rangle + \left|1010101\right\rangle + \left|0110011\right\rangle + \left|1100110\right\rangle + ...
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Confusion about a lemma on the time constraint of an adiabatic evolution (arXiv:quant-ph/0604077)

I am going through the paper Quantum adiabatic evolutions that can't be used to design efficient algorithms by Zhaohui Wei and Mingsheng Ying. On the second page they prove a lemma. The statement goes ...
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What are some examples of infinite state quantum mechanical systems that do not involve free particles?

That is, the quanta are in bound states where there are least upper bounds and greatest lower bounds to their energy states but there are at least a countably infinite many energy levels they can ...
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Ising spin vs Pauli spin matrices

Are Ising spins scalar or operators? I am not a condensed matter physicist hence having some confusion. I have learnt about Ising models from adiabatic quantum algorithm papers. For example this ...
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Which similar properties must objects have to sustain quantum entanglement?

Quantum entanglement occurs when particles such as photons, electrons, molecules as large as buckyballs, and even small diamonds interact physically and then become separated; the type of ...
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Question on the preservation of information via mapping to free field states

In Hawking's paper, "Breakdown of predictability in gravitational collapse", the crux of Hawking's argument is as follows: ...,one can extend the principle to treatments in which the gravitational ...
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At what time exactly does decoherence happen? and retrodating

Take a qubit initialized to $|0\rangle$. Apply a Hadamard transform to it. Measure it with an apparatus along the $|0\rangle,\, |1\rangle$ basis. If zero, spare a living cat. If 1, kill the cat. ...
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Number of conditions for a two-particle state to be decomposable

Suppose we have a general two-particle state $ \Phi (x_1, x_2 ) = \sum_{n_1,n_2} \phi_{n_1,n_2}(x_1,x_2)|n_1,n_2> $, where $n_1$ can be any of $n$ possible states, and $n_2$ can be any of $m$ ...
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fermions and quantum gates

Say that I have 2 qubits - 2 spin half fermions. my initial condition is $|00\rangle$ in the spin-wave function and some anti-symmetrical spacial wave function. I'm wondering about what happens when ...