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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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 $a,b,...
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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 + \left|...
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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 ...
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rotation of a state in Bell basis

Suppose I have a state in Bell basis. For example \begin{equation} \rho = \begin{pmatrix} \rho_{11} &0 & 0 & \rho_{14} \\ 0 &\rho_{22} & \rho_{23} & 0 \\ 0 &\rho_{32} &...
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Undergraduate quantum book treating density operators, mixed states, and entanglement [duplicate]

I'm working on a project on quantum measurement theory - in particular, relating to the quantum Zeno effect - over the summer. Right now, I'm in the process of doing background readings that'd enable ...
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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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What is the difference between the atomic resonance frequency and the Rabi frequency?

I've been trying to work my way through the solution to the optical bloch equations for a two-level atom system which is being driven by a laser. One thing that has been confusing me is the difference ...
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Hamiltonian of a quantum harmonic oscillator

On page 286-287 of Nielsen Chuang's Quantum Information and Quantum Computation (10th edition) book, the Hamiltonian for a quantum harmonic oscillator is approximated as $H=a^\dagger a.$ What are the ...
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Proof of Uhlmann Theorem [closed]

In p228, Chapter 9 of Mark Wilde's text , in the course of proving Uhlmann's theorem for quantum fidelity, it claims $$\sum_{i,j} <i|^R <i|^A (U^R \otimes (\sqrt{\rho}\sqrt{\sigma})^A) |j>^R |...
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What is entanglement entropy? and all those stories about counting [closed]

In Quantum mechanics entanglement is a concept that informs us about nature of states. It is a statement about non-product states, thus correlations. This is my rather foolish view of entanglement(...
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Deriving a POVM from a projective measurement

I understand how to show that every POVM is equivalent to a projective measurement on a larger Hilbert space, but I don't understand why the converse is true. The vast majority of explanations of ...
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How to define a 'clone' of a mixed state?

State clone of a pure state is clear. But how to define a clone of a mixed state? For example, for a proper mixed state A, $\tfrac12(|0\rangle\langle 0|+|1\rangle\langle 1|)$, if there is a clone of ...
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Reduced density operator of a maximally entangled state

Is the reduced density operator of a maximally entangled pure state always maximally mixed (trace being half)? I test it on 4 bell state and this claim is true. I wonder why and can the degree of ...
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Measuring Qubits in Entangled State

If two people (Alice and Bob) are given a state $|\phi^+\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt2}(|00\rangle + |11\rangle)$ from a list of states, then Alice can read the first qubit, see if it is 0 or 1, and send ...
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Definition of the “support” of the reduced density matrix

Some of the papers in condensed matter physics use the word "support" (space). For example, the following papers use the support especially for the reduced density matrix. http://journals.aps.org/prb/...
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Why can arbitrary two qubit density matrices be expressed in this form? [duplicate]

In the paper "Violating Bell inequality by mixed spin 1/2 states: necessary and sufficient condition" (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/037596019500214N#) by three Horodecki siblings, ...
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What is known about Renyi entropy of a probability density function?

I see most discussions about Renyi entropy to be using either of these two kinds of definitions, for $\alpha > 0, \alpha \neq 1$ $H_{\alpha}(p_i)=\frac{1}{1-\alpha}\log \sum p_i^{\alpha}$ for a ...
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Is device independence and non local games only studied for cryptography purposes?

I started reading device independent approach on quantum mechanics from here Device Independent Outlook on QM. I am still a beginner in this field, but out of interest I just browse papers related to ...
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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 $\{ |0\...
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What does it mean physically if pentagon identity or hexagon identity doesn't have any answers?

Imagine I write a fusion rule for some anyons on a paper. Then, I try to solve Pentagon identity and Hexagon identity, imagine finally I find out for example the Hexagonal equation doesn't have any ...
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Are measurement results only orthogonal?

Are all measurement operators on a quantum mechanical system defined by a Hilbert space, such that all possible post-measurement states are orthogonal? For example measuring a qubit in some ...
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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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Is the quantum NOT operation similar to the classical NOT operation?

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right\rangle}$ Classical NOT operation Suppose I had an interval $S = [a,b]\in\Bbb{R}$, then $$\mathrm{NOT}(S) = (-\infty,a) \cup (b,\infty)$$ Quantum NOT operation ...
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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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Are there any known physical implementations of quantum gates?

I was wondering if there are any known implementations of a small number of quantum gates that can interact with each other. Certainly we don't have a "complete" set of quantum gates (where "...
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What are the “other” Hadamard matrices?

The Pauli matrices $$ X = \begin{pmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}, Y=\begin{pmatrix}0&-i\\i &0\end{pmatrix},\,\text{and}\, Z=\begin{pmatrix}1&0\\0&-1\end{pmatrix} $$ can be used ...
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If two quantum two-party states have the same entanglement, can they be transformed into each other by local unitary operation?

We know that local unitary operations will not change entanglement. But if two party state have the same entanglement in some measure, can they be related with local unitary operation?
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Joint-measure of POVM's

I feel disturbed by this question: Suppose $A$ and $B$ are POVM's with respective $\sigma$-algebras $\mathcal{F}_A$ and $\mathcal{F}_B$ and outcome spaces $\Omega_A$ and $\Omega_B$. Then why can't I ...
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Quantum computing and ambiguity

I do a bit of hobby programming and I often search the internet for little oddities that are fun to ponder over. I have read a few passages that try to explain quantum computing to the layman like ...