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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Qubit initial state

Suppose that a qubit in an initial state that we don't know was measured, and the result was 1. Is it possible to know the initial state of the qubit by the result measured? And if the result would ...
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How do we imagine a Hadamard gate acting on the Bloch Sphere? [closed]

We can rewrite the Hadamard gate as $R_x(-\pi/2)R_z(-\pi/2)R_x(-\pi/2)$. I am trying to visualize the effect of applying the Hadamard gate to $|+\rangle$ on the Bloch sphere. The X gate takes ...
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The minimal knowledge required for theoretical research in Quantum computing & AMO physics

I'm a senior undergraduate student and I have chosen my future Ph.D research area in {Quantum Computing}$\bigcap${AMO physics} (e.g. design a new experimental realization of QC or propose a new way to ...
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State evolution for Dot product of quantum states (Llyod et al. 2013) [closed]

I was reading the paper by Lloyd et al. which is concerned with quantum machine learning algorithms. In the algorithm they use the evolution of the following kind (i use a reduced formula, which is ...
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A question on qbit

As layman I couldn't yet conceive how one could know that a given qbit, if it is said to have certain probability amplitudes alpha and beta, actually have (fairly accurately) these amplitude values, ...
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Is CNOT a one-qubit or two-qubit operation? [closed]

Is CNOT a one-qubit or two-qubit operation? It has inputs of two qubits and needs two quantum wires.
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Applying a NOT gate on an entangled qubit of equal amplitudes of $|1⟩$ and $|0⟩$

I am currently listening to lecture 11 (Superdense coding) of Michael Nielsen's Quantum Computation for the determined series. It starts off with 2 qubits, both in the $|0\rangle$ state. Then the ...
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Light (Laser) operated optical switch

I have searched the web and found that optical switches are activated either through mechanical or electro/magnetics. Making them sort of Optomechanical or optoelectronic switches. Lets exclude ...
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Can a classical 50/50 probability be distinguished from a quantum superposition with a single measurement?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$ A "false" (equally superimposed qubit) is created by mechanically firing with 50/50 probability a resonance photon at a Hydrogen atom qubit in the ground state. ...
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How are anti-unitary operators applied?

I was reading about anti-unitary operators from Wikipedia. They give an example of an anti-unitary operator: were $K$ is complex conjugate operation. $\sigma_y$ is defined with respect to two ...
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'schrodinger' picture in measurement based topological quantum computation

I am looking at the measurement processes in topological quantum computation (TQC) as mentioned here http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.7929 and in other measurement based TQC papers. Let's say I start with ...
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Condition for quantum error correction based on encoded states

I am trying to understand the properties of quantum error correcting codes. Consider a quantum code on a lattice, with the property that a given region $R$ is correctable (for any error localized to ...
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When is a unitary operator a quantum gate?

Quantum gates we use like X, Y, Z, H, CNOT, etc. are all unitary. When can an arbitrary unitary operator be considered as a quantum gate?
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Can changing representation change the meaning of density operator?

I had posted a question What is the actual meaning of the density operator?. After that I understood that if I have the expression of a density operator $$\rho=\sum_{i=1}^{i=k}p_i|\psi_i\rangle ...
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Quantum mechanics: compatible observables

I am confused about something. If (all what I will write are operators) $x$ is compatible with $p_y$ that means they have the same eigenvectors. However, $x$ is compatible with $y$ which means they ...
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A universe of a finite but increasing number of states of motion?

A limitation of the geometric models of universe is that space locally is considered as a volume, whilst volume is a part of a selected system of inertia. Wouldn't it be more adequate to consider (the ...
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Ultrafast photon detectors

Are there already photon detectors that can resolve the shape of photons in the time domaine if it looks like below where the two humps are separated by a time of the order of femtoseconds? What I ...
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If I have created a polarization-entangled photon source, would I be able to create a qubit?

In my laboratory, I have already obtained a polarization-entangled photon source. It was created via the Spontaneous Parametric Downconversion process of 2 BBO crystals. The next question is that ...
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Numerical Computation of Linbald Equation [closed]

Can anybody suggest me a good algorithm for the time evolution of the reduced density matrix using Linbald equation. My Hamiltonian is time dependent. I am aware about Qotoolbox and Qutip. I have ...
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Can matter be converted to information?

I know that matter can be converted to energy through E=mc^2. I also know that engery can be and has been converted to information through Landauer's principle (with Maxwell's demons). Does this ...
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Understanding of measurement in quantum mechanics?

I have a computer science background with basically zero physics background. I am trying to gain a 'high-level' understanding of quantum mechanics to aid me in some computer science work. Is my ...
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Question on quantum computation, entanglement and speed of information propagation

Imagine a following thought experiment. Suppose we have a large amount of entangled particle pairs, several million or billion. Now suppose there are two observers, each carrying one member of ...
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Adiabatic quantum Hamiltonian of variable dimension

Is adiabatic quantum Hamiltonian of variable dimension possible? This is very hypothetical and I am afraid may not have enough merit to belong to this forum. I would still like to elaborate. Here is ...
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Question about entangled states

I have a question about entangled state. Suppose I consider the entangled state $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|00\rangle + |11\rangle)$. I saw an argument for how measurement of the first bit is affected by ...
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Violation of the Normalization Constraint?

Say we have two qubits $|a\rangle$ and $|b\rangle$ both initialized to $|0\rangle$. We then apply the rotation gate $R_{x}(\frac{\pi}{2})$ of matrix representation $\left( \begin{array}{} ...
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How Quantum Fourier Transform equal to Hadamard Transform on 4-by-4 matrix?

I just don't understand why $QFT_4$ become the same as Hadamard Transform $H_4$ The Hadamard matrix is as follwoing, $$ H_2 = \frac12 \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 1 & -1 & ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Causality

Causality coupled with special relativity states that no particle can travel faster than light. Interpreting in terms of quantum mechanics, it means that dirac delta wave-function at x=a, can't ...
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Quantum Crypto infrastructure & hardware

To implement real quantum cryptography in the real world, does the physical link layer from Point A to Point B be an optical link for all parts? Is there any links or whitepaper containing prototypes ...
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Quantum entanglement and information transfer

I know it was stated many times that information transfer using entanglement is not possible and I am most probably wrong but I would be glad if you can at least point me to where I am mistaken. If ...
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Quantum teleportation of a macroscopic object

suppose that quantum teleportation of a macroscopic composite object, like say, a grain of rock, was physically and technologically possible The traditional teleportation scheme would have to prepare ...
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Receiving Multiple Copies of a Qubit

Suppose you are given one of two non-orthogonal qubits randomly: either $|\phi\rangle$ or $|\psi\rangle$. Using a particular distinguishing procedure, you can guess which of the two qubits you were ...
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Discrimination of Bell states on unkown qubits

Consider the scenario where Alice is given three qubits, and promised two of them are maximally entangled Bell state $\in_R \{\frac{|00+11>}{\sqrt{2}}, \frac{|00-11>}{\sqrt{2}}\}$ and one of ...
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Relationship between Toffoli gate and Deutsch gate

I am reading a book called "Quantum Computing for computer scientists" and stuck at this exercise for a day. Bellow is the description of Deutsch gate: And here is the description of Toffoli ...
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Why does a measurement on one qubit force another one into a given state in Simon's algorithm?

This comes from trying to understand the "Simon's algorithm". So we have a set of $2^n$ kets $|x_i >$ one each for $i \in \{0,1\}^n$. Each $x_j \in \{0,1\}^n$. And we have the further constraint ...
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What is the condition for local operations on bipartite entangled state?

I have an entangled state between Alice and Bob $|\psi\rangle_{AB}$ ( both Alice and Bob have states in Hiblert space of dimension $n$ ). Alice and Bob can only perform local meaurements. I assumed ...
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How to apply Controlled-NOT gate?

look at the figure below it is about an example to multiply two qubits by 3 Controlled gate to get the SWAP operation .. I'm trying to follow this step-by-step but I couldn't know how this is ...
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What are the characteristic of a unitary acting on a composite system?

I have a composite system AB, initially the state of the system is $|\psi\rangle_A \otimes |\phi\rangle_B$. $U$ is an operator acting on the composite system. If even after application of the operator ...
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Why does an anti-unitary operator have to be both left and right anti-unitary?

I am reading about anti-unitary operators from here anti-linear operators. They have defined an anti-unitary operator $$K: |\psi\rangle \to K|\psi\rangle$$ $$K(\alpha|\psi\rangle+\beta|\phi\rangle) ...
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How can a correlation be teleported?

I am aware of how a qubit can be teleported from party $A$ to party $B$ if both the parties are entangled. Is there a similar way to teleport a correlation? I googled and found Entanglement ...
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Entanglement entropy in (1+1)d field theory with dynamical critical exponent $z>1$

It was well known that for (1+1)d CFT(z=1) case, we can use the tool of conformal map to derive the formula of entanglement entropy for a finite interval: S ~ $c \log L$. L is the length of the ...
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Distinguishing density operators with the same diagonal elements

If I have two sources of qubits and one source produces the density matrix: $$\rho_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}$$ and the other source produces: $$\rho_2 = ...
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The Simon's Algorithm, confusing equation

I'm approaching the Simon's Algorithm and have troubles with understanding a logic in an introduction. Above the eq. 6.5.4 they introduce that set S which has 2 elements. As far as I understand, ...
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Would a pair of independent quantum coin tosses be perfectly anti-correlated?

Background Suppose we attach a button to an electronic flip flop such that an LED will toggle when we press the button with 50% probability, where the source of the randomness is a quantum event, ...
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If perfect maximal entanglement is never true, does a remainder invalidate the monogamy of entanglement?

If something is only very nearly (and/or observed to be) maximally entangled, does that remainder allow for a menage trois of hybrid correlation (as it relates to AMPS)?
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A question about entanglement of formation and decomposition

In the answer of this question, the last paragraph says that If you know one decomposition which is optimal for Entanglement of Formation for a given state $\rho$, you can obtain the optimal ...
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What is trivial and non-trivial gate in computing?

My question seems like it should be posted in Computer Engineering section, but below is how I found this word. I was reading the textbook: Quantum Computation And Quantum Information - by Michael A. ...
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What are density matrices and how do they work?

I have looked in Stack Exchange about density matrices but haven't found any answers. What are density matrices and how do they work? What are they used for? (Also, please tell me what is wrong with ...
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“Entangled photons never show interference in the total pattern without coincidence count” implies FTL

In my previous question, the most defended objection to the gedankenexperiment was that "Entangled photons never show interference in the total pattern without coincidence count". Here I show another ...
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Can Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Superposition be considered the same phenomenon?

Quantum entanglement is known to be the exchange of quantum information between two particles at a distance, while quantum superposition is known to be the uncertainty of a particle (or particles) ...
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Change in Shannon entropy of a quantum circuit of Hadamard gate and a loop

The following Q&A about reversible computing is available here. It has listed a number of practical scenarios where a reversible circuit can still be dissipating heat. Let's assume that none of ...