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 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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What is known about the trace of two copies of a channel / four copies of an isometry

Let $\mathcal{E} : \mathcal{L}(A) \to \mathcal{L}(B)$ be a completely positive trace preserving map. By the Choi–Jamiołkowski isomorphism there is an isometry $J : A \to B \otimes C$ such that ...
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What is a Hilbert space filter?

In a recent paper, Side-Channel-Free Quantum Key Distribution, by Samuel L. Braunstein and Stefano Pirandola. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 130502 (2012). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.130502, ...
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What are some examples of infinite state quantum mechanical systems that do not involve free particles?

That is, the quanta are in bound states where there are least upper bounds and greatest lower bounds to their energy states but there are at least a countably infinite many energy levels they can ...
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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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Finding all marked elements using Grover's algorithm

As part of an assignment I am supposed to design a variant of Grover's algorithm that finds all $t$ marked elements. I guess like most people I'm more familiar with classic computation, so the ...
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Is the universe a quantum computer - is light speed barrier a computational constraint

There is currently a debate ongoing on leading maths blog Gödel’s Lost Letter, between Gil Kalai and Aram Harrow, with the former arguing that building a quantum computer may not be possible due to ...
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How to measure the arbitrariness of a quantum state?

An arbitrary qubit is represented as $\alpha|0\rangle+\beta|1\rangle$ with $|\alpha|^2+|\beta|^2=1$. If we know either $\alpha$ or $\beta$, the state can be completely identified. The 'arbitrariness' ...
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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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Help on applying a Hadamard gate and CNOT to two single q-bits

I am stuck on a few issues in this video. (Note: It is at the frame concerning this question.) In it, from what I understand (which could be wrong) we first apply the Hadamard gate to a qbit in the ...
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Intuition behind Hamiltonian

I am reading this paper by Das et al. which converts Deutsch's algorithm into an adiabatic quantum algorithm. I don't get the intuition behind the initial and final Hamiltonians. If defines the ...
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Canonical form of GHZ and W state

What is the Schmidt decomposition of the tripartite states$|GHZ\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}[|000\rangle+|111\rangle]$ or $|W\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt 3}[|001\rangle+|010\rangle+|100\rangle]$? Are these same ...
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Size of a quantum computer to effectively calculate macroscopic reality from quantum mechanics

Assuming the correctness of QM: Would the size of such a computer be smaller than the observable universe? If it were to represent all available information in the universe it seems that it's minimal ...
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Topological quantum computation: abelian vs. non-abelian anyons

We need non-abelian fractional hall states because of the ground state degeneracy http://rmp.aps.org/abstract/RMP/v80/i3/p1083_1 (arXiv version for free). But we can also have degeneracy even in case ...
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Quantum annealing computing

What is Quantum Annealing and quantum annealing computing and what are its advantages and disadvantages with respect to quantum circuit quantum computing/computers?
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Qubit (Qdit) equivalence with bits/bytes/Kbytes/

What is the conversion factor for qubits (qudits) to bits/bytes in classical information theory/computation theory? I mean, how can we know how many "bits/bytes" process, e.g., a 60 qubit quantum ...
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What is the energy scale of a Hamiltonian?

On the second page of this paper a term 'fundamental energy scale' is used while talking about a Hamiltonian. The context is implementing Deutsch's algorithm using Adiabatic Quantum Computation. What ...
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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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Definition of a 'tunneling lifetime'

I'm given a one-dimensional potential with two wells, one local minimum at some higher energy and one deep global minimum next to it, separated by a barrier of own shape and height (phase qubit). I ...
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On Bell inequality and bound entangled states

I have recently seen some presentation slides of Michał Horodecki (slide number 77) in which he discussed the following conjecture. Bound entangled states satisfy all Bell inequalities The ...
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Can the entangelement of basis vectors increase under local operations?

Say I have a bipartite state $\rho = \sum_ip_i|\psi_{i}\rangle \langle \psi_{i}|_{AB}$ Where $\{|\psi_{i}\rangle_{AB}\}$ forms an orthonormal basis. I now perform some local quantum operation on ...
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Entanglement: Is it possible to prepare and reset probabilities to send information?

I'm pretty certain that the answer to the question in the title is a no, but I don't understand why. I have some basic misunderstanding of quantum processes that I’d like clarified in the form of ...
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Do the states forming an orthonormal basis have the same amount of entanglement?

If $\{|\psi_{i}\rangle\}$ is an orthonormal basis for a bipartite system, will $E(|\psi_i\rangle) = E(|\psi_j\rangle)$ for all $i, j$, where $E$ is some entanglement measure?
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Spin Transition Energies

I am reading a paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1305/1305.2445.pdf On p. 22, the following Hamiltonian is given: $$ H = \mu_B g \mathbf{B} \cdot \mathbf{S} + D(S_Z^2+\frac{1}{3}S(S+1)) + ...
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An entropy of the Wigner function

Is there an entropy that one can use for the Wigner quasi-probability distribution? (In the sense of a phase-space probability distribution, not - just von Neumann entropy.) One cannot simply use ...
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Statistical sum of physical quantities in a quantum system

Let $C = A + B$ (statistical sum, so $\mathbb{E}[C] = \mathbb{E}[A] + \mathbb{E}[B]$), and let $p(A = a) = 1$. Are the following true? $\mathbb{E}[C^2] = a^2 + 2a\mathbb{E}[B] + \mathbb{E}[B^2]$ ...
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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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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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Quantum memories: What are they?

Searching the literature for the term "quantum memory" seems to bring up results from two different communities. On the one hand there are quantum opticians, who see a quantum memory as something ...
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Many body quantum states analyzed as probabilistic sequences

Measurements of consecutive sites in a many body qudit system (e.q. a spin chain) can be interpreted as generating a probabilistic sequence of numbers $X_1 X_2 X_3 \ldots$, where $X_i\in ...
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Why does this state have a Schmidt rank of 1?

A system is entangled if and only if the Schmidt rank is greater than 1. Why does this ...
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Constructing a Toffoli gate with 2-and 1-qubit gates?

I'm looking through Nielson's book on quantum computation and information and in part of it he says that any $C^2(U)$ gate can be constructed from two qubit and one qubit gates. I can't figure out how ...
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The role of state space composition in quantum computation

In a paper by Richard Josza and Noah Linden they argue that the way state spaces of composite systems are formed is a key aspect in the benefits of quantum computers. In (classical) phase space, two ...
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Is a communications channel based on quantum mechanics as effective as one based on any other physics?

What I mean by effective in the question refers to the time and space requirements for sending information over a quantum communications channel. Having read "Mike and Ike" but doing no independent ...
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Types of photon qubit encoding

How many types of qubit encoding on photons exist nowadays? I know only two: Encoding on polarization: $$ \lvert \Psi \rangle = \alpha \lvert H \rangle + \beta \lvert V \rangle $$ $$ \lvert H ...
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Positivity in the Pauli/Bloch/coherence vector representation

Suppose $\rho$ is an $n$-qubit state and $\vec{x}$ is a vector of coefficients in the Pauli representation (also called the Bloch or coherence vector). That is $$ x_k = {\rm Tr}(\rho \sigma_k), $$ ...
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Ising spin vs Pauli spin matrices

Are Ising spins scalar or operators? I am not a condensed matter physicist hence having some confusion. I have learnt about Ising models from adiabatic quantum algorithm papers. For example this ...
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Why can a qbit be used as a classical bit if information about the measurement axis is needed?

If Alice wants to send one bit of classical information she can use a qbit. Then Bob needs to know which axis to measure to get the information. This needs an extra agreement between Alice and Bob ...
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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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Classical vs qubits: Superposition

Since a quantum information lecture today I have been wondering what does it really mean for a state to be in superposition? Is this something that is answerable? This is what we learnt (or what I ...
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Creating matrix Hamiltonian for Feynman's CCNOT [closed]

I'm trying to read Quantum Mechanical Computer and to implement the CCNOT logical gate with Mathematica. Since i wish to use the SWITCH implementation of the CNOT [Fig.8] i've realized that i need to ...
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Application of non maximally entangled state

In quantum information and quantum computation, we generally use Bell type states which are maximally entangled. I find that the set of entangled states as interesting objects from a mathematical ...
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Trying to understand mixed states

I took a basic quantum chemistry course (McQuarrie's "Quantum Chemistry"), but it never dealt with mixed states -- only pure states (or if it did, we never got to it in class). So I'm trying to ...
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How many bits are needed to simulate the universe?

This is not the same as: How many bytes can the observable universe store? The Bekenstein bound tells us how many bits of data can be stored in a space. Using this value, we can determine the ...
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Grover algorithm $R_D$ Circuit

I need sketch two circuits to understand Grover algorithm. The first is the operator $R_f$ and another is the operator $R_D = H^{\otimes n}(2|0\rangle\langle0|-I)H^{\otimes n}$. I get the first ...
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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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Do quantum states contain exponentially more information than classical states?

Do quantum states contain exponentially more information than classical states? It might seem so at first sight, but what about in light of this talk?
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Should it be obvious that independent quantum states are composed by taking the tensor product?

My text introduces multi-quibt quantum states with the example of a state that can be "factored" into two (non-entangled) substates. It then goes on to suggest that it should be obvious1 that the ...
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Qubit projections

Given the qubit: $$\frac{|0\rangle+i|1\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$$ What is the corresponding point on the extended complex plane and Bloch sphere? How to perform calculations and get the point representing ...
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projective measurement & POVM

Let us consider the following completely positive map $\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C}^n)\ni\rho\mapsto L\rho L^\dagger$, where $L\in\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C}^n)$ is any arbitrary operator (and can have rank ...