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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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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Quantum fluctuations in a classical domain?

"In the presence of chaos, even small fluctuations (including quantum fluctuations) can be amplified to produce large uncertainties in later behavior"(http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/9210010v2.pdf) Is there ...
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POVM positive density matrix decomposition

I have to prove that given a density matrix $\rho$ in a finite d-dimensional Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_d$, it always exists at least one informationally complete POVM measure $\{E_i\}_{i=1}^{d^2}$ ...
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what is 't Hooft up to? [closed]

apart of the 't Hooft diagrams that you all love (and find all sort of dualities starting with them) one of the venues 't Hooft works nowadays is apparently some sort of "deterministic representation ...
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Integration over the state space

I came across the concept of average fidelity $\int f(\psi)d\,\psi$ where the integration is with respect to the uniform Haar measure on pure states. I've only seen Haar measures in connection with ...
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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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Qubit in Type 1.5 superconductor?

I'm interested in Type 1.5 superconductors, first proposed by Egor Babaev in 2002 and found in the laboratory in 2009 (magnesium dibromide). Such conductors favor small bundles of vortices. The most ...
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Finding the ground state of the toric code Hamiltonian

How do I write by proof, the ground state of the toric code (by Kitaev) Hamiltonian $ H=-\sum_{v}A(v)-\sum_{p}B(p) $ where $A(v)=\sigma_{v,1}^{x}\sigma_{v,2}^{x}\sigma_{v,3}^{x}\sigma_{v,4}^{x}$ and ...
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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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Does natural unit of information and entropy, nat, play special role in the freebit picture?

Please refer this question to understand why I consider the freebit picture important. In short, it is conjectured, that for certain real systems the most complete physical description possible ...
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kadanoff and cohomology

for those that combine Homology group and some form of Kadanoff scheme for coarse graining on a lattice, am I having a good argument when saying this: (practical thinking now) 1. I obtain the Homology ...
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Bell states entanglement

I'm trying to learn about the Bell state $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}|00\rangle+\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}|11\rangle$. Question 10.1 in Algorithms asks us to show that this cannot be decomposed into the tensor product ...
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How do I write the Hamiltonian for a 3-level system?

I came across following types of three-level systems like V-system, Λ-system and 2-photon absorption It seems that their Hamiltonians can be written intuitively by checking out the coupled levels ...
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What is the defining property for two quantum states to become entangled?

What is the defining property for two quantum states to become entangled? Is it just that the combined system cannot be in a product state? Why is this?
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If distant observers never see a black hole form in finite time how can the information paradox be a problem?

So, at least as reported in the media, the physics community is still struggling with the problem of resolving the impossibility of retrieving information from beyond the event horizon of a black hole ...
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(thought) experiment re: Bell's Theorem and Schrodinger's cat

I apologize if this question is naive. I am wondering about what would happen with the following experiment. Start with a standard Bell's Theorem setup: We have two quibits entangled in a particular ...
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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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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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How many how many planck areas would capture of a resting electron add to the surface of a black hole?

In other words, what is the 'information content' of an electron (or of other supposedly elementary particles for that matter) as revealed by their effects on black hole horizon area?
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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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Is boson sampling a problem in 'continuous variable' quantum information?

When people generally speak of quantum information in the context of continuous variables, what is generally meant is that observables, like position/momentum or the field quadratures of quantum ...
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Low rank entangled states

In some recent works, I got the information that low rank mixed states need not be bound entangled. In particular, for the system $3\otimes 3$ there is no bound entangled states. Can anyone tell me ...
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What is “k-Local Hamiltonian Problem” in quantum complexity theory?

An example of a QMA problem is the k-LOCAL HAMILTONIAN problem. What exactly is it?
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Thermalising a sub-system of a larger, interacting system

I'm considering a joint system consisting of a spin-1/2 particle (qubit) and a spin-l particle (reference) coupled via a Hamiltonian $H_0$. At a certain point I want to couple the qubit to a bosonic ...
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Double-slit experiment formulated in a quantum circuit

What would the double-slit experiment or something analogous to it look like implemented as a quantum circuit/program? Also, what about the delayed choice quantum eraser, how would that look in a ...
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CNOT gate broken in 2 different quantum simulators? Or am I wrong?

My understanding is that the control qubit in a controlled-not gate remains unchanged after the controlled-not operation is performed on a target-qubit (so the Pauli-X gate is performed only on the ...
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Double slit experiment and entanglement

Just wondering, what would happen in this experiment. In the experiment you would first have two entangled particles. Then you fire one of the particles, lets say "Particle A", at a double slit ...
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Mapping a given density matrix to the generalized 2-qubit state

The generalized 2-qubit state is given as: $$ \rho = \frac{1}{4}[ I\otimes I + (m_x\sigma_x + m_y\sigma_y + m_z\sigma_z)\otimes I + I \otimes (n_x\sigma_x + n_y\sigma_y + n_z\sigma_z) + ...
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Smallest number of quantum gates to simulate other gates?

What is the smallest number of Fredkin gates needed to simulate a Toffoli gate? What is the smallest number of Toffoli gates needed to simulate a Fredkin gate? Where the Toffoli's gate is the CCNOT ...
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Can we have a physical interpretation for a time independent Schrodinger equation of this form?

I am interested in a time independent Schrodinger equation of this form. $$F*\psi - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2{\psi}}{\partial{x^2}} = E\psi$$ Here the product $V\psi$ is replaced by the ...
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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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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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on quantum steering

I have become interested in quantum steering after listening a talk and tried to read more about it. I think I am more confused now. My understanding is as follows: Sharing a (entangled) state, ...
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Quantum Eraser under Lorentz Boost

Suppose I am conducting the Quantum Eraser experiment. The results of this experiment are easy to understand with the traditional quantum mechanical interpretation of a pair of entangled photons. ...
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Invariance of states under local unitary transformations [closed]

How can I show explicitly that the bell state $$|\psi^{-}>=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0>|1>-|1>|0>)$$ is invariant under local unitary transformations $U_{1}\otimes U_{2}$ ?
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Quantum Computation

Is there any rule or technique so that one can design quantum gate operator from matrix operator? Suppose, what will be the quantum gate operator for this matrix operator : $$ \left( \begin{array}{c ...
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How can a qubit superposition state be written to a quantum register?

If a 3 qubit register can simultaneously store all 8 possible values in superposition, then how it is achieved to write 8 values in to the register? And How these 8 values can be processed parallel to ...
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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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Solving Systems of Partial Trace Equations

Say I specify a quantum state - pure or mixed - by its partial traces on various subsystems. To what degree could one recover the original state, and what are the known methods for doing so? For ...
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Super-dense coding protocol with a key

I have this assignment: Show that super-dense coding protocol with the key in the state $\frac{|00⟩⟨00|+|11⟩⟨11|}{2}$ is equivalent (in a sense of transmission rate and security) with ...
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Are coherent states of light 'classical' or 'quantum'?

Coherent states of light, defined as $$|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{\alpha^n}{n!}|n\rangle$$ for a given complex number $\alpha$ and where $|n\rangle$ is a Fock ...
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A (mundane) CS analogy for quantum teleportation

From my limited understanding of quantum entanglement, it seems like qubits act the same way as pseudo-random-number-generators (except as far as we can tell, these ones really are random). When you ...
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How does a vacancy become mobile during annealing?

The Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) centre is a defect in diamond consisting of a substitutional nitrogen atom accompanied by a vacant nearest-neighbour lattice site. Substitutional nitrogen impurities are ...
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Why are the equal probabilities for Bell state measurement outcomes essential for “quantum teleportation”?

I've recently been introduced to the basics of finite-dimensional quantum mechanics from a purely mathematical point of view (with a quantum-information theme to it). When discussing quantum ...
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Can a quantum state with infinite variance of photon number be found in nature or artificially created?

Suppose we have a quantum state $\rho$ and let's denote the photon number operator $\hat{n}=\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}$ where $\hat{a}$ is the annihilation operator. Let mean photon number ...
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Discord for partially decohered bell state

To illustrate discord and its use, Zurek in his paper on discord (NB pdf) gives example of a partially decohered bell state i.e. $$\rho_{AB}=\frac{1}{2}(|00\rangle\langle 00|+|11\rangle\langle 11|) + ...
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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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Continous and Discrete basis, Multiplication of Density Matrix and Hamiltonian

Suppose I have a wave function $\psi(x)$ in position basis. I can make a density function by simply multiplying $\psi(x)$ and its conjugate $\psi^*(x)$. If I operate the density matrix ...
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Can Werner states have bound entanglement?

Let us consider the maximally entangled state \begin{equation} |\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}(|0,0\rangle+\cdots+|n-1,n-1\rangle) \end{equation} and construct the pseudo-pure state \begin{equation} ...
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Theoretical or experimental violations of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics? [closed]

Theoretical challenges to the 2nd Law? What are some the theoretical challenges to the 2nd Law? (cf. Čápek, Vladislav, and Daniel P. Sheehan. Challenges to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Theory ...