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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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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How many states are there in the observable universe

If we took a single instant and considered all possible states of all energy and matter do we have any bounds on how much that would be? Would that number be related to information?
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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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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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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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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 non-...
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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 $|00\rangle,|01\...
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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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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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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 A)>...
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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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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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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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Approximate cloning of a qubit, given multiple starting copies

Suppose I'm given several clones of a qubit in a pure unentangled state. That is to say, I'm given the state $(a \left|0\right\rangle + b \left|1\right\rangle)^{\otimes n}$. My goal is to make $d$ ...
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How is CNOT operation realized physically?

I think I understood very well how operations on one qubit are done - if qubit is electron, we just apply magnetic field in direction we want to make spin precess (unitary operations on single qubit). ...
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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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How is decoherence due to the environment compatible with the Copenhagen interpretation?

Let's say that "decoherence" is that transition from a pure quantum state to a mixed state due to interactions with the environment. (A reasonable definition?) How is that compatible with the ...
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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?
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Mathematically challenging areas in Quantum information theory and quantum cryptography

I am a physics undergrad and thinking of exploring quantum information theory. I had a look at some books in my college library. What area in QIT, is the most mathematically challenging and rigorous? ...
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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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Equivalence classes in a Hilbert space

I'm reading something about quantum information/quantum computing theory, and I've run into a wall. I know what is meant by an equivalence class and how something can be partitioned into equivalence ...
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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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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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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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Holevo Information and Quantum Mutual Information

This question is about the difference between Quantum Mutual Information and Holevo Information of quantum channels. From http://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.2495.pdf equation 7 we know that the sum of quantum ...
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What is the Philosophy Behind Relational Quantum Mechanics?

I watched this video on Relational Quantum Mechanics yesterday and my brain has been trying to comprehend it since. The interpretation I currently have is this: If an observer O measures the state S ...
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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 = \frac{1}{\...
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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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What quantum measurement formalism is easiest to implement physically?

As part of my studies and research, I have learned to work with three different measurement formalism which I define to avoid any ambiguity with the nomenclature: General measurements, which are ...
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SciFi Stasis Field and the Quantum Zeno Effect

The Quantum Zeno Effect concerns the use of repeated measurement of a particle to prevent the time evolution of the wave function, and hence "freeze" it in the observed state. A Stasis Field is a ...
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What are the prerequisites to study topological quantum computation/topological phases of the matter? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student and I would like to approach the subject of topological order with focus on topological quantum computation, I know (very) little QFT and basic algebraic topology (if ...
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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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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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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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These two operators commute…but their eigenvectors aren't all the same. Why?

The Hamiltonian $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & 0 & -b \\ 0 & 0 & -b & 0\\ 0 & -b & 0 & 0\\ -b & 0 & 0 & -a \end{array} \right] $$ commutes ...
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Entanglement of Mixed Quantum State

As per Wikipedia: Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot ...
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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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Is this theory about Universe and information true?

I recently saw this video about information and randomness. At some point, it states that a completely predictable universe would infringe the second law of thermodynamics, because it would imply that ...
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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 0|}+\left(\color{darkgreen}{|0\...
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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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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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What exactly does No cloning mean, in the context of Quantum Computing?

I am trying to get an intuitive idea of how the No-Cloning theorem affects Quantum computation. My understanding is that given a qubit $Q$ in superposition $Q_0 \left| 0 \right> + Q_1 \left| 1 \...