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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Can quantum measurement process be thought of as a sieve?

Consider an observable represented by the Hermitian operator $$A=\sum_{a'}a' |a'\rangle \langle a'|.$$ As I read on Sakurai's textbook, the process of measuring $A$ throws a system ...
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Is Tsirelson's Bound the only constraint on these quantum correlations?

Alice and Bob are each in possession of one half of a maximally entangled pair of particles. Alice can make either of two observations, $A_1$ or $A_2$. Bob can make either of two observations, $B_1$ ...
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Can entanglement be explained as a consequence of conservation laws?

This article at NewScientist magazine (subscription required) describes entangling photons by passing them through a half silvered mirror. ...
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Matlab package: graphical calculus for quantum operations (esp. linear optics)

I need a matlab package that will make my life easier. I have quantum circuits with optical beam splitters, polarizing beam splitters and photodetectors. These circuits are getting very complicated ...
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What is the code distance in quantum information theory?

What is the code distance in quantum information theory? Code distance seems to be a very important concept in fault tolerant quantum computation and topological quantum computation.
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Toric Code and Random Bond Ising Model

It was established by Dennis, Kitaev et al. that the 2D Toric Code can be mapped to a 2D Random Bond Ising Model. The original derivation was given in the paper "Topological quantum memory" which ...
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Tracing out an observable vs integrating over unitaries

Let $O$ be an observable on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, and let $B$ be a subset of the spins composing $\mathcal{H}$, and let $\bar{B}$ be its complement. Now define $\displaystyle O_B = ...
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What is the motivation for the definition of concurrence in quantum information?

What is the motivation for the definition of concurrence in quantum information? On the surface, the definition looks pretty ad hoc. The definition is often given for the case of 2 qubits only. What ...
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Hayden-Preskill informational mirrors and decryption

I do have a question about an assumption made in the very interesting Hayden-Preskill paper of black holes as informational mirrors. Alice throws her top secret quantum diary which is $k$ qubits long ...
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Conservation of energy in quantum teleportation

Consider the quantum state teleportation protocol of Bennett et. al. How does one prove that this protocol would never violate the conservation of energy? At the face of it, it doesn't seem to be ...
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Is there a handwavy way to explain what quantum correlation means?

Is there a simple way to explain the difference between a classical and truly quantum correlation to a non-quantum person who has basic understanding classical correlation? I mean without invoking ...
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When is an operator subspace the span of Kraus operators?

Let $A$ and $B$ be finite dimensional Hilbert spaces, and let $\mathcal{L}(A \to B)$ be the space of linear operators from $A$ to $B$. Say that a subspace $K \subseteq \mathcal{L}(A \to B)$ is a span ...
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Uncertainty Principle for Information?

I'm not familiar (yet) on how Information theory can be emerged/used in QM/QFT but I was thinking about this question: While we have Heisenberg uncertainty principle on measuring coupled observables, ...
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Entanglement spectrum

What does it mean by the entanglement spectrum of a quantum system? A brief introduction and a few key references would be appreciated.
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number of microstates associated with two-level quantum systems

this is a very simple question, but apparently one that has no simple answer, at least from standard quantum mechanics theory I'm trying to figure the number of simple quantum states (microstates) of ...
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How could a particle be isolated to avoid decoherence?

The question aims to this issue : if there is some technological arrangement (or action) to take over the particle/system in order to keep it in a coherent state, then the field, (force or whatever) ...
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Tensor product of Hadamard Operators

The Hadamard Operator on one qubit is: \begin{align*} H = \tfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left[\,\left(\color{darkgreen}{|0\rangle + |1\rangle}\right)\color{darkblue}{\langle ...
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Extending mixed states to pure state

Let us consider any pure state $|\psi\rangle\in\mathbb{C^n\otimes C^n\otimes C^n}$. Its reduced bipartite density matrix represent a pure state or mixed state depending on whether $|\psi\rangle$ is ...
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Why does quantum cryptography give us uncrackable codes?

Why does quantum cryptography give us uncrackable codes? What makes it 'uncrackable'? Articles in for example pop science magazines always claim QC produces uncrackable coded, however I highly doubt ...
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How many states can a n qubit quantum computer store?

A classical computer composed of '0' or '1' transistors stores $2^n$ states. Is it true that a quantum computer composed of '0' or '1' or '0 & 1' qubits stores $3^n$ states?
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Information relationship to Special Relativity

How do we write mathematically that "information" cannot go faster than light? And along a similar line of thought, how do we relate "information" with special relativity. Lastly, what is the ...
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Again about all-win lottery

I suggest the following thought experiment that describes a machine which makes everybody happy. Suppose a lottery is conducted. The winner is awarded a billion dollars plus the title of eternal ...
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Trace of an operator matrix (Quantum computation and quantum information)

I'm reading the book Quantum computation and quantum information by Mike & Ike and I'm stuck at 2.60/2.61. There, the author says that, given the operator $A|ψ⟩⟨ψ|$, its trace is: $${\rm ...
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Approaches to Fault tolerant quantum computation

What are the various approaches to fault tolerant quantum computation ? Two examples are 1. topological quantum computation which uses topological phases in quantum states (2-Dimensional for ...
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Can entanglement with an inaccessible system be useful?

Quantum phenomena in bipartite pure state systems like teleportation are pretty well understood. What I'm interested in is the following situation: Alice, Bob and Charlie hold some general tripartite ...
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Differences between pure/mixed/entangled/separable/superposed states

I am currently trying to establish a clear picture of pure/mixed/entangled/separable/superposed states. In the following I will always assume a basis of $|1\rangle$ and $|0\rangle$ for my quantum ...
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Entanglement of qubits circuit- Bell states

I know that the quantum circuit $\text{CNOT}\; (H \otimes I)$, where $\text{CNOT}$ is the controlled-not gate and $H$ the Hadamard gate, takes the computational basis of two qubits ...
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Spatial and polarizing beam splitters in a graphical calculus

Suppose I have four wires, and I tensor product them together $A \otimes B \otimes C \otimes D$ I pass $A \otimes B$ through a spatial beam splitter $Spl: A \otimes B \rightarrow A^\prime \otimes ...
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Representations of Pauli matrices involving outer product of qubit states

Let $| 0 \rangle$ and $| 1 \rangle $ be the states of qubit. Let $\hat{\sigma_x}$, $\hat{\sigma_y}$, $\hat{\sigma_z}$ be Pauli matrices: $$ \hat{\sigma}_{x} = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1 \\ ...
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Extending the idea of superdense coding

I was reading through the superdense coding protocol, that lets A convey two classical bits to B by sending one qubit (assuming B sends A a qubit beforehand). So B creates a 2-qubit state and sends ...
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Quantum Mechanics in terms of *-algebras

I'm currently trying to find my way into the geometric description of Quantum Mechanics. I therefor started reading: Geometry of state spaces. In: Entanglement and Decoherence (A. Buchleitner et ...
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Fast algorithm for maximizing the quantum fidelity

Consider the following optimization problem: Given a quantum state $\sigma$, a constant $b$ and a Hermitian operator $A$, find $\underset{\rho} \max F(\rho,\sigma)$ subject to $\text{Tr}(\rho ...
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Physical meaning of the sign basis in quantum mechanics

If we take a hydrogen atom as qubit, let $\lvert0\rangle$ = unexcited state $\lvert1\rangle$ = excited state then what is the meaning of measuring the qubit value in the sign basis? If the atom may ...
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Can the concurrence be calculated in terms of the entanglement of formation?

If I somehow know the entanglement of formation, $E_F$ for two mixed qubits, where \begin{equation} E_F = -x \log x - (1-x) \log (1-x), \end{equation} where $x = (1+\sqrt{1-\mathcal{C}^2})/2$ and ...
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Bloch-sphere-like representation of two-qubit density operators

The Bloch sphere is an excellent way to visualize the state-space available to a single qubit, both for pure and mixed states. Aside from its connection to physical orientation of spin in a spin-1/2 ...
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Constructing a maximally entangled qutrit state from $n$ Bell states

I've read that maximally entangled qubit states are a good "unit" of bipartite entanglement since it is possible to create any other entangled state from them using local operations and classical ...
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Can I parameterize the state of a quantum system given reduced density matrices describing its subparts?

As the simplest example, consider a set of two qubits where the reduced density matrix of each qubit is known. If the two qubits are not entangled, the overall state would be given by the tensor ...
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Entropy inequality

Assume that you have two bipartite systems $\rho_1^{AB},\rho_2^{AB}$ then I would like to prove the following: $$S(\frac{1}{2}( ...
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Local decoherence and entropy

Consider a quantum system consisting of two subsystems, $A$ and $B$. Let $\rho$ be the density matrix of the whole system $A\cup B$. Let $|\alpha\rangle$, $\alpha = 1,2\cdots d_B$, be the states of ...
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CHSH Inequality: why $\pi/8$?

I understand the mechanism how CHSH Inequality works. One thing bugs me is why $\pi/8$. I can also take $\pi/100$ for example and $\cos^2(\pi/100)> \cos^2(\pi/8)$ so much better probability and ...
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Limits of superdense coding

Holevo's theorem says that no more than n bits can be stored (and retrieved) in n qubits. Indeed, allowing error can't improve this either -- the probability of retrieving the correct information is ...
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How do you come up with a POVM?

This is a made-up example, just to understand a concept. If changing the probability values aids your explanation, that's fine by me. Say you have a physical quantity $E$ that can take values 1, 2, 3 ...
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A beautiful ion-trap proposal for Boson Sampling: what are its limitations?

A very beautiful recent paper, Scalable Implementation of Boson Sampling with Trapped Ions. C. Shen, Z. Zhang, and L.-M. Duan. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 no. 5, 050504 (2014); arXiv:1310.4860 ...
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Is it possible to use quantum mechanics for an effective time based encryption?

This is for an application in cryptography. There is a concept called "time based cryptography", where a message can be decrypted only after a certain time, Say "12/12/2060, 12:30 GMT". There are some ...
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Known properties of a specific class of quantum states

Recently, I have been studying a quantum protocol for the "Hidden Matching" problem that makes use of states that can be expressed as $|\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\sum_{i=1}^n ...
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Is this statement about quantum mechanics valid?

In Philosophy of Language by William G. Lycan, there are the lines: Even apparent truths of logic, such as truths of the form "Either P or not P", might be abandoned in light of suitably weird ...
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Bra-ket notation, Bits, & Superposition

I am a quantum computing enthusiast, and recently I stumbled upon this the following two propositions: $$ \alpha|1\rangle + \beta|0\rangle$$ What does this mean? My understanding of this is that: ...
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Can superdeterminism resolve contextuality, entanglement and Shor's algorithm in quantum mechanics?

Superdeterminism is the idea that the apparent freedom for the choice of experimental apparatuses and their settings are nothing but an illusion. Contextuality is the dependence of the properties of a ...
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The definition of entropy in quantum mechanics

I have seen entropy with several different definitions. Like Von Neumann entropy and Rényi entropy, etc. So I am curious why there are so many different definitions in quantum mechanics while only ...
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The role of context in information theory

Consider Hofstaedter’s jukebox analogy: A jukebox that contains only one record, but many different record players, each of which interprets that one record in a different way to produce an entirely ...