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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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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Mixed state after measurement

I'm looking at Section 2.4.1 of Nielsen and Chuang's Quantum Computation and Quantum Information were they derive the density operator versions of the evolution and measurement postulates of quantum ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can you distinguish between projections of quantum states?

Consider this problem in quantum cryptography: We have two pure states $\phi_1,\phi_2$ as input and constants $0 \leq \alpha <\beta \leq 1 $, where "Yes instances" are those for which ...
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The complementary variable to the qubit and spin-1/2

The qubit is a big topic of quantum information theory. A qubit is a single quantum bit. Physical examples of qubits include the spin-1/2 of an electron, for example, see page 39 of Preskill: ...
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Quantum Teleportation Fidelity

I understand that quantum teleportation fidelity is the overlap of the initial quantum state with the teleported quantum state. If the teleportation is perfect, then the fidelity would equal 1 or 100% ...
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Advantage of taking qutrits in place of qubits

In general, all the quantum algorithms which I have read so far use qubits (so the space is $\mathbb{C}^2$) and the tensor products of the qubit spaces (space is ${\mathbb{C}^2}^{\otimes n}$). So my ...
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Why is quantum entanglement so important?

Entanglement also allows multiple states to be acted on simultaneously, unlike classical bits that can only have one value at a time. Entanglement is a necessary ingredient of any quantum ...
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Quantum cryptography: encryptions

I am studying quantum cryptography and I have a very basic question. Suppose A and B share a secret key k, where k=0 or 1. A wants to send one qubit to B. What A does is, if k=1, she 'flips' the qubit ...
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Understanding a Physics Paper on Quantum Teleportation of Continuous variables

The paper I am trying to understand is here: http://pra.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v49/i2/p1473_1 The paper describes the quantum teleportation protocol in a general case with continuous dynamical ...
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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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Stimulated emission and No cloning theorem

I have a little trouble with the simulated emission. I know of the no-cloning theorem which states that it is not possible to duplicate any state. One the other hand, I know about the stimulated ...
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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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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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How do I calculate the position on the Bloch sphere of a quantum gate with a given diagonal matrix?

In quantum computation there are several principal quantum gates that have corresponding matrix representations. One of these is the Z gate, whose matrix is $\left[\begin{smallmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 ...
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Does squeezing a vacuum state produces photons?

A squeezed vacuum state is produced by applying a squeezing operator $S$ on the vacuum state $|0 \rangle$: \begin{eqnarray} S | 0 \rangle = \sum_n C_n |n \rangle \end{eqnarray} My question is, from ...
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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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A tensor product of two spin-1 particles

I'm rather confused, and I was hoping if someone could help me figure out this (probably rather elementary) issue. I have two particles with spin 1, whose state I describe by $m_S$ and $m_I$ ...
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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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Entropy increase vs Conservation of information (QM)

Unitarity of quantum mechanics prohibits information destruction. On the other hand, the second law of thermodynamics claims entropy to be increasing. If entropy is to be thought of as a measure of ...
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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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Composition of squeeze operators?

I'm wondering if it exists a composition law for the squeezing operation ? I guess so for geometric reason, since they are (generalized, and the phase is annoying of course) hyperbolic rotations of ...
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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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Can PEPS explain the holographic principle in quantum gravity?

Condensed matter physicists have shown using quantum information that in many condensed matter systems, entanglement entropy only scales as the area of the boundary, and not the volume. This is the ...
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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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Reversible gates

Is it possible to make any gate reversible merely by retaining the input bits in the output and introducing ancilla bits as necessary? That is, given an irreversible gate with $k$ inputs and $l$ ...
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System with no entanglement but consuming quantum discord

I have come across an article which talks about quantum discord (Observing the operational significance of discord consumption. M. Gu et al. Nature Physics 8, 671–675 (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2376), ...
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Entanglement measure to classify topological ordered states

I know long-range entanglement is the essence of nontrivial topological ordered states. (Trivial refers to short range entangled and nontrivial refers to long range.) So, entanglement measure at large ...
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Defining entanglement in subspaces of tensor product

I have asked the question in math.stackexchange, but perhaps it should be more relevant here. Hence I am re-posting it with necessary reediting. Let $\mathcal{H}=\mathbb{C}^n$ be a Hilbert space. A ...
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Mutually unbiased bases

This question can be formulated in two ways. Let there be two $d$-dimensional orthonormal bases $B_{1}$ and $B_{2}$. I refer to the elements of $B_{1}$ by $\lvert\nu_{i}\rangle$ and to the elements of ...
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Rotation about the $z$-axis on the Bloch sphere

I'm having some trouble with successfully working out a rotation about the $z$-axis on the Bloch sphere. Now, I know how this is performed, in principle. A rotation of the Bloch-sphere around an ...
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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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Bloch sphere representation

Suppose you know that a qubit is either is in state $|+\rangle$ with probability $p$ or in state $|-\rangle$ with probability $1-p$. If this is the best you know about the qubit's state, where in the ...
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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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Does quantum fingerprinting really argue for the exponential size of wavefunctions?

Does quantum fingerprinting really argue for the exponential size of wavefunctions? Quantum fingerprinting is the idea that an exponentially long classical string can be encoded in a linear number of ...
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Can spatial coherence be maintained in fiber optic cables over time?

I am doing research with a double slit experiment, using a beam splitter and 2 lengths of fiber optic cable, whose ends brought close together form the effective double slit. I notice that the ...
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Subgroups of the Clifford Group

We recall the definition of a Clifford group (over $n$ qubits) is the set of unitary transformations: $$\{U: UPU^\dagger\in\mathcal{P}\}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the corresponding Pauli group ...
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Most natural tensor structure for a quantum field

A quantum field is described by a Hilbert space. In many instances, the chosen tensor structure on this Hilbert space corresponds to that of space-like separated regions of space-time. The ...
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What are the requirements on conditional unitaries for overcomplete bases?

On way to describe "pure" decoherence (that is, decoherence with respect to a basis that doesn't involve transitions between basis states) between a system $\mathcal{S}$ and an environment ...