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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Distinguishability in Quantum Ensembles

Inspired by this question: Are these two quantum systems distinguishable? and discussion therein. Given an ensemble of states, the randomness of a measurement outcome can be due to classical reasons ...
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Allowed states vis-a-vis allowed dynamics in generalized probabilistic theories (GPTs)

In his work on information processing in GPTs http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0508211 Barrett speculates that the trade-off between allowed states and the allowed dynamics in a GPT is optimal in quantum ...
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What is quantum discord?

What is quantum discord? I stumbled upon this term on Quantum Computing: The power of discord, but have never heard of it before. Can you give a bit more mathematical explanation of the term here?
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Quantum Computing and Animal Navigation

Someone sent me this link to a talk by Prof. Klaus Schulten from the University of Illinois: (my emphasis) Quantum Computing and Animal Navigation Quantum computing is all the rage nowadays. ...
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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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Dealing with environment in a CHSH game

I am reading arxiv:1209.0448. I understand that my questions could be highly trivial. I would appreciate if anyone helps me to resolve my confusions. In a CHSH game, Alice and Bob cannot have ...
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What's wrong with this experiment showing that either FTL communication is possible or complementarity doesn't hold?

The assumptions are: Alice and Bob have perfectly synchronized clocks Alice and Bob have successfully exchanged a pair of entangled photons The idea is simply to have Alice and Bob perform the ...
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Is microcausality *necessary* for no-signaling?

There are proofs in the literature that QFT including microcausality is sufficient for it not to be possible to send signals by making quantum mechanical measurements associated with regions of ...
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Is the subadditivity of quantum entropy valid in the infinite-dimensional case?

Does the subadditivity (and strong subadditivity) of quantum entropy hold for infinite dimensional quantum systems as well? Unfortunately the books in my hand give proof for finite dimensional cases ...
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Are they the same thing: Wigner distribution in quantum Boltzmann equation and Wigner function in quantum optics?

We know that quantum Boltzmann equation (QBE) is an equation of motion for the interacting Green's function $G^<(\vec{x}_1,t_1;\vec{x}_2,t_2)\equiv\mathrm{i}\langle ...
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States diagonal in the tensor product of Bell states.

Bell-diagonal states are 2-qubit states that are diagonal in the Bell basis. Since those states lie in $\mathbb{C}^{2} \otimes \mathbb{C}^{2}$, the Peres-Horodecki criterion is a sufficient condition ...
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Indirect probing of entanglement measures

Entanglement is a purely quantum mechanical phenomena that e.q. increase precision of quantum interferometers, atomic clocks or have application in quantum computing. There are many "measures" of ...
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How would a quantum computer receive input from a classical computer?

One of the potential applications of a quantum computer would be as a coprocessor to a classical computing system, much in the same way as a graphics processing unit (GPU) performs specialized ...
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What is discrete phase space?

I've been reading a little about the usual, continuous Wigner functions and phase space quasi-distributions in general, and I believe I understand the idea behind them. The Wigner function arises when ...
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Classical logic in concern with QM Mathematics

In no way am I a physicist, so please excuse improperly used terms. It is in my understanding that Quantum Physics does not obey Classical Logic, hence the existence of Quantum Logic. My questions ...
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Quantum Error Correction: Surface code vs. color code

Recently, two groups working on quantum computers published results on quantum error correction. The first was Rainer Blatt's group, who used trapped ions to perform a topologically encoded qubit ...
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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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Can quantum vacuum carry entropy?

So, we know that the state of quantum vacuum does carry energy, as it was measured in the Casimir effect. This energy comes from particles almost instantaneous creation and annihilation. Even if they ...
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Why do we want to entangle qubits?

The title is pretty much all I want to ask. Why are qubits entangled? To my knowledge (which isn't that deep) a quantum register can be realized without entangling the qubits.
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Does Bekenstein bound imply that the number of possible states of a bounded system is finite?

Bekenstein bound limits the amount of information that can be stored in a system of bounded size and mass. Does that imply that the number of possible states is finite? Does that imply that the number ...
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Quantum Computing Power Advantages

Currently, the world's fastest supercomputer runs at 17.59 Petaflops, which consumes 9 megawatts of electricity. A qubit-based quantum computer has the potential to operate much more quickly for some ...
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partial trace with sparse matrices

Let $\rho_{ABCD}$ be a sparse matrix of 4 systems each in a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space. For $d<7$ in a reasonable time (few seconds) I able to perform the partial trace $\rho_{AD}$ using the ...
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Group theory and quantum optics

This is a question about application of group theory to physics. The starting point is the group $SU(n)$. I have a representation $R$ of $SU(n)$ that takes values on the unitary group on an infinite ...
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Is there a way to obtain an RG flow equation for Quantum spin systems using MERA

We restrict ourselves to ground states of translationally invariant 1d quantum systems. I understand that there is the scale invariant MERA(multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz) which ...
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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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Infinite possibilities of you

"The question you are asking appears to be subjective, and is likely to be closed." Challenge . . . ACCEPTED. Okay, here it is. A friend prone to uplifting aphorisms posted on Facebook: "You Are An ...
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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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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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What is the difference between maximally entangled and maximally mixed states?

To my understanding, mixed states is composed of various states with their corresponding probabilities, but what is the actual difference between maximally mixed states and maximally entangled states? ...
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What is the next step beyond quantum computation?

Assuming we develop quantum computers one day, what would be theoretically the next step? Would it be string-theory based computers? How would these computers differ performance-wise (ie what can they ...
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Intuition on positive-operator valued measures (POVM)

I'm having a little trouble understanding what positive-operator valued measure (POVM) are- in particular why/how they are non-negative. For instance, if they just represent measurements, what about ...
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Why are “quadratures” called this way?

In quantum optics (and hence also cv quantum information), given the annihilation and creation operators of the electromagnetic fields $a$ and $a^{\dagger}$, the "position" and "momentum" operators ...
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Explanation for the power of quantum computers

I have seen various explanations for the power of quantum computers: Quantum computers perform operations in parallel universes Quantum computers can use quantum tunneling to reach a global extremum ...
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Controlled-measurement of a quantum register

Given a state vector $\left[\alpha,\beta,\gamma,\delta\right]$ which is not known a priori, does there exist an operation, which I will call "controlled-measurement", which results in the ensemble ...
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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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Did anyone claim that quantum theory meant lasers would never work

I've been reading 'How the Hippies saved Physics', which describes a design for a superluminal communication device, of which the crucial part was a laser which duplicated an incoming photon many ...
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What is postselection?

I was reading some questions here. I couldn't understand what it means by postselection. What is postselection? What is its use/significance? Where did it came from?
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What is the difference between general measurement and projective measurement?

Nielsen and Chuang mention in Quantum Computation and Information that there are two kinds of measurement : general and projective ( and also POVM but that's not what I'm worried about ). General ...
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What are qubits made of in Wen's string-net theory?

In Prof. Xiaogang Wen's theory, photons and electrons are described as quasi-particles appeared as a result of the existence of the string-net liquid, which is the topological order of the qubits that ...
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Why do they call it quantum teleportation?

So I have been trying to learn about entanglement and quantum teleportation and from what I've been able to gather so far, the teleportation part seems to be misleading. At first I thought that the ...
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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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Can the absence of information provide which-way knowledge?

This seems an incredibly basic question, but one I've been unable to find an answer to on PSE; if this is a duplicate please point me in the right direction. Concerning a simple Young's double-slit ...
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Nobel Prize challenge: Could neutrinos be used for quantum information processing?

We know that two scientists, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald, working on Neutrinos have just been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. My question as a Nobel Prize Challenge Question is: ...
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using a unitary matrix to transpose

A unitary matrix U is a matrix such that the conjugate transpose of U, when multiplied on the right with U, yields identity. My question is, is it possible to obtain the transpose of any density ...
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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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Constructing a CP map with some decaying property

Given some observable $\mathcal O \in \mathcal H$ it is simple to construct a CP (completely positive) map $\Phi:\mathcal{H}\mapsto \mathcal{H}$ that conserves this quantity. All one has to observe is ...
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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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Double slit experiment where the “particle” is a macroscopic capsule with people inside

I understand that the double slit experiment (i.e. the creation of interference pattern) holds also when the "particle" is not just a single particle but any item, experimentally proven even for a C60 ...
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Why is optical orbital angular momentum (OAM) called “topological charge”?

The terminology "topological charge" is frequent in lots of research papers related to optical vortex or optical OAM, it is used to represent the optical OAM. Why? How to comprehend it?