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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Measuring qubit as the presence or absence of a particle [closed]

My background is not physics so forgive the confusion. If we use photon polarization as qubits, I can understand that the angle is in a superposition between 0 and 90 degrees. But we can also use ...
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What is coherence in quantum mechanics?

What are coherence and quantum entanglement? Does it mean that two particles are the same? I read this in a book called Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. He says that two particles behave in ...
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Did Leggett and Caldeira solve the measurement problem?

In 1983 Leggett and Caldeira published a paper (see also here) that shows the evolution of the density matrix in a dissipative system. Follow-up work by Zurek and others shows the relevance to ...
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Can a non-entangled qubit be teleported by entangling it?

Let's say I have a qubit that is not entangled in state $\psi$. I want to teleport this qubit by entangling it with another qubit but still getting $\psi$ back in the end. Is this possible, or would ...
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What exactly does No cloning mean, in the context of Quantum Computing?

I am trying to get an intuitive idea of how the No-Cloning theorem affects Quantum computation. My understanding is that given a qubit $Q$ in superposition $Q_0 \left| 0 \right> + Q_1 \left| 1 ...
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Is QC with Superpositioned Quantum Gates any different than normal Quantum Computation?

This might be more appropriate for theoretical CS stackexchange, but it feels sufficiently low level to be relevant here. Consider the following thought experiment: I have a Quantum FPGA, it is a ...
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Approximate cloning of a quantum state, informed by past measurements

Suppose I give you a state $|\psi\rangle$, and tell you a sequence of measurements that have been performed on it. The measurements are not guaranteed to be orthogonal to each other, or to cover the ...
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If all the particles of a Bose-Einstein condensate become entangled with each other,does the system still remain a Bose-Einstein condensate?

I know that an entangled system is found in a single entangled state and that when you try to observe the individual state of a particle from an entangled system using a reduced density matrix, you ...
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If I pass one member of an entangled pair through a polarizer, does the other member assume a correlated polarization?

Does that mean I have influenced the measurement result of one member of the entangled pair by acting on the other? Can information be sent this way using entanglement?
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Can a system be PERFECTLY simulated by a quantum (and classical) computer? [closed]

This is a thought experiment, and as such will assume some crazy things. Let's say I decide to perfectly simulate my university as it is right now. I use a magic machine to instantly scan the entire ...
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When will a useable universal quantum computer first be realised? [closed]

Ideally with the reference to the type of technology, when do experts predict a small universal quantum computer of a couple hundred qubits will be developed? From my reading the leading techology is ...
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C2(U) Unitary Matrix Representation

Above is my work for the unitary matrix representation of a C2(U) gate. However, this does not agree with a link I found online for what it should look like. Below my work, I have written the ...
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Chance of distinguishing between many pure states

Helstrom has demonstrated that the maximum probability of any process correctly distinguishing between two pure states $|\psi_0\rangle$ and $|\psi_1\rangle$ is determined by their trace distance: ...
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Completely positive maps and symmetric states

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be a completetely positive trace preserving map (aka a quantum channel) acting on a finite dimensional system $\mathrm{A}$, and let $\pi$ denote the maximally mixed state on ...
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the probability amplitude of a photon

In one of Richard Feynman's lecture, he says that the angle of amplitude of a given path depends on what time the photon is emitted from the source. How does the angle of amplitude depend on time ...
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what is the analog of electronics for quarks or protons?

Is there an equivalent field for quarks or for protons as there is electronics for electrons where you can build engineer and mess around with things? May be even hack ?
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Physical meaning of $Tr(\rho ^2)$

If $\rho$ is the density matrix of a system then $Tr(\rho ^2) \leq 1$. If the equality holds the system is in a pure state and it is in a mixed state otherwise. But, what is the physical meaning of ...
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How to transform a wigner function to represent loss of mode information (coarse graining)?

I have a highly multi-mode gaussian wigner function representing an optical field: $$W\left(\{p\},\{q\}\right)=\mathrm{Exp}\left(-\sum_{j=0}^{f}(b_{j}q^{2}_{j}+a_{j}p^{2}_{j})\right).$$ However the ...
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What is the significance of being equivalent up to local isometry?

Background : I am reading the paper device independent outlook on quantum mechanics. The author mentions the concept of two pure states being equivalent up local isometry. From what I understood two ...
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Probability distribution of a pretty-good measurement

Let $\rho_{XE}$ be a classical-quantum state. That is, $$ \rho_{XE} = \sum_{x}\Pr[X=x] \cdot |x\rangle \langle x | \otimes \rho_{x} $$ where every $\rho_{x}$ is a density matrix with ...
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Unitarity of quantum evolution

In this paper by Charles Bennett, he says on page 25, I understand why U(XOR) gives the result it does but why is that a consequence of its unitary property? Thanks
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On $k$-extendability of bipartite states

Definition of $k$-extendability can be given as follows. Let $k\in \mathbb{N}$. A state $\rho_{AB}$ on a bipartite Hilbert space $\mathrm{A}\otimes\mathrm{B}$ is $k$-extendible with respect to ...
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Are Feynman's Hamiltonian computers unitary?

In this paper, Feynman gave the idea of creating a time-independent Hamiltonian from a quantum circuit. Is there anyway to say that these Hamiltonians will always be Hermitian? Moreover, will these ...
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Difference between DMRG (density matrix renomalization group) and MPS (matrix product states)?

I am learning DMRG recently. I noticed there are many papers both in the DMRG approach and MPS (such as variational matrix product state (VMPS) by F.Verstraete and J.I.Cirac) approach. In my eyes, ...
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Rotations in Bloch Sphere about an arbitrary axis

I am trying to understand the following statement. "Suppose a single qubit has a state represented by the Bloch vector $\vec{\lambda}$. Then the effect of the rotation $R_{\hat{n}}(\theta)$ on the ...
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Kraus operator rank

All quantum operations $\mathcal{E}$ on a system of Hilbert space dimension $\mathcal{d}$ can be generated by an operator-sum representation containing at most $\mathcal{d^2}$ elements. Extending ...
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Clustered-Entanglement thermodynamics

I want to understand the tools required to do calculations in entanglement thermodynamics in general, but I'm considering first how to model entanglement mathematically in terms of many-body systems ...
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What does it mean to find a particle in a range at a given value?

Find the probability of finding the electron in the range $\Delta r = 0.02a_0$ at (a) $r = a_0$ and (b) $r = 2a_0$ for the state $n = 2$, $l = 0$, $m = 0$ in hydrogen. I don't understand the ...
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What is the easiest way to prepare a Glauber coherent state? [closed]

Without using a laser source. Can you, for example, create a coherent state by filtering another light source (incandescent light bulb, LED, etc)?
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Positive Partial Transposition in Fano form

Cite from "Geometry of Quantum States: An Introduction to Quantum Entanglement 1st Edition by Ingemar Bengtsson (Author), Karol Zyczkowski (Author)": "Partial transposition applied on a density ...
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How many states does a qubit have? [closed]

There is something I am trying to understand about qubits. If a qubit can exist in an infinite (is that even correct?) number of states prior to the measurement, then why can it only be measured in ...
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What is the current big question or motivation in quantum information? [closed]

As an prospective student, I am facing a crossing as many people did. I would love to know what is the current big question or motivation in the quantum information society? If anyone knows the answer ...
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Reference request: QFT and AdS/CFT for information theorists

There is a lot of buzz recently about connections between quantum information theory and quantum field theory/string theory. I would like to understand in particular how quantum information methods ...
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How is the range of $x\cdot s$ in Simon's algorithm restricted to $\{0,1\}$?

The final critical step of Simon's algorithm (before setting up a simpler system of equations to solve) involves taking advantage of the fact that $$x\cdot s \in\{0,1 \}$$ but for $x,s \in ...
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Is Thermalization of a subsystem simply the result of Decoherence of its state?

I would appreciate answers that explain both the concepts in short to underline if there are any key differences between the two. Also, how does a localized state survive decoherence?
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Interpretation of position projection operator

Does the operator: $$\int_a^b \mathrm{d}x \, |x\rangle \langle x|$$ have physical meaning acting in a Hilbert space where it does not exactly correspond to the identity operator? Does it correspond ...
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Understanding the Mathematics of Wigner function [duplicate]

I fully understand that Wigner function provides the complete information of a state of a quantum system, i.e. quantum phase space, while not violating Uncertainty principle. But can anyone tell me ...
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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 can all information be localized if local realism is dead?

I'm confused about whether quantum mechanics is local or not. The authors of a recent, much publicized experiment argue that their results "imply statistically significant rejection of the ...
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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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Numerically finding the energy diagram of the hamiltonian

I'm looking at a collection of three two level systems (qubits) coupled to each other (with known bare state energies and couplings). The hamiltonian is given by ...
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mixture of maximally mixed and maximally entangled state

Consider the quantum system $\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C}^d\otimes\mathbb{C}^d)$ and $|\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{d}}\sum_{i=0}^{d-1}|i,i\rangle$ be the (standard) maximally entangled state. Consider the ...
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What's so confusing about quantum physics? [closed]

Okay, just right off the bat, I want to make it clear that this is a stupid question. Check out this graph, from SMBC: Ignore the 'political discourse' part and replace it with 'talking about ...
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How is decoherence due to the environment compatible with the Copenhagen interpretation?

Let's say that "decoherence" is that transition from a pure quantum state to a mixed state due to interactions with the environment. (A reasonable definition?) How is that compatible with the ...
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What are some of the differences between (the fields of) quantum computation and quantum information theory? [closed]

I have just started self-learning quantum information theory, and have a sub-trivial question: what is the difference between that field of study and quantum computation? I have some understanding ...
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Is there something behind non-commuting observables?

Consider a quantum system described by the Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and consider $A,B\in \mathcal{L}(\mathcal{H},\mathcal{H})$ to be observables. If those observables do not commute there's no ...
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Proof Reversible quantum gate is linear

Edit: to avoid confusion, this problem should start off my assuming the input bits and output bits are classical and just try all the possible combinations of constants to show linearity.
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Conservation of quantum coherence?

Is coherence conserved under unitary transformation? As we saw in the process of generating entanglement, coherence between states of the subsystem is transferred to quantum correlations (related to ...
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Electron jump into a transistor to read qubit state

Prof. Andrea Morello, a quantum physicist, in one of its quantum computer models uses the spin of the outermost electron in a phosphorus atom to represent a qubit. This atom is embedded to a ...
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Normal Ordering and Smearing

I read on Wikipedia two different descriptions of the "Husimi-Q representation." One is that it is the Wigner function convolved with a Gaussian, which in particular results in a positive definite ...