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 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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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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Again about all-win lottery

I suggest the following thought experiment that describes a machine which makes everybody happy. Suppose a lottery is conducted. The winner is awarded a billion dollars plus the title of eternal ...
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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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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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Can entanglement with an inaccessible system be useful?

Quantum phenomena in bipartite pure state systems like teleportation are pretty well understood. What I'm interested in is the following situation: Alice, Bob and Charlie hold some general tripartite ...
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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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Spatial and polarizing beam splitters in a graphical calculus

Suppose I have four wires, and I tensor product them together $A \otimes B \otimes C \otimes D$ I pass $A \otimes B$ through a spatial beam splitter $Spl: A \otimes B \rightarrow A^\prime \otimes ...
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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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What exactly happens at the second-order phase transition of the 2D Toric code?

For a 2D Toric code specified by $$H = -J_s\sum_{s} \prod_{j\in s} \sigma^x_j - J_p\sum_{p} \prod_{j\in p} \sigma^z_p - h_x\sum_{l} \sigma^x_l - h_z\sum_{l} \sigma^z_l$$ where $s$ denotes stars, $p$ ...
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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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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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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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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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Extending the idea of superdense coding

I was reading through the superdense coding protocol, that lets A convey two classical bits to B by sending one qubit (assuming B sends A a qubit beforehand). So B creates a 2-qubit state and sends ...
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Quantum Mechanics in terms of *-algebras

I'm currently trying to find my way into the geometric description of Quantum Mechanics. I therefor started reading: Geometry of state spaces. In: Entanglement and Decoherence (A. Buchleitner et ...
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Physical meaning of the sign basis in quantum mechanics

If we take a hydrogen atom as qubit, let $\lvert0\rangle$ = unexcited state $\lvert1\rangle$ = excited state then what is the meaning of measuring the qubit value in the sign basis? If the atom may ...
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Can the concurrence be calculated in terms of the entanglement of formation?

Can the concurrence be calculated in terms of the entanglement of formation? If I somehow know the entanglement of formation, $E_F$ for two mixed qubits, where \begin{equation} E_F = -x \log x - ...
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Are there any known continuous (non-lattice) quantum error correction codes?

I come from a hep-th background, but I have noticed that quantum information is becoming increasingly common in discussions of AdS/CFT and black hole information, and so I've begun thinking about it ...
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Bloch-sphere-like representation of two-qubit density operators

The Bloch sphere is an excellent way to visualize the state-space available to a single qubit, both for pure and mixed states. Aside from its connection to physical orientation of spin in a spin-1/2 ...
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Constructing a maximally entangled qutrit state from $n$ Bell states

I've read that maximally entangled qubit states are a good "unit" of bipartite entanglement since it is possible to create any other entangled state from them using local operations and classical ...
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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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Why does the BB84 paper “Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing” have a 'withdrawn' status?

The original paper proposing quantum key distribution protocol (now known as BB84): Charles H. Bennett, Gilles Brassard, Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing seems to ...
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Thought experiment using quantum entanglement in position and its effects

Consider we have two atoms $a$ and $b$. They are entangled with each other in position and momentum, with some wavefuction describing them in position space that is $\Psi(x_a, x_b)$. This ...
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Entropy inequality

Assume that you have two bipartite systems $\rho_1^{AB},\rho_2^{AB}$ then I would like to prove the following: $$S(\frac{1}{2}( ...
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Local decoherence and entropy

Consider a quantum system consisting of two subsystems, $A$ and $B$. Let $\rho$ be the density matrix of the whole system $A\cup B$. Let $|\alpha\rangle$, $\alpha = 1,2\cdots d_B$, be the states of ...
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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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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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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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Eigenvalue of the adiabatic Hamiltonian of Farhi's three qubit 2-SAT problem

I was trying to reproduce example 3.3 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution by Edward Farhi et. al. This is an adiabatic algorithm to solve an instance of three qubits 2-SAT problem. I think ...
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How do we know that photon entanglement isn't the result of the photons's states being predetermined?

I know there is evidence that it is not predetermined and I tried reading articles on it but most of them either don't explain the intuition behind the experiment or they speak in a foreign language ...
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Entanglement entropy and area law

I am currently reading a review "Area law for the entanglement entropy" by Eisert, Cramer and Plenio (2010). From what I understand: In one dimension, for local gapped models, we have an area law ...
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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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Why do we need non-trivial fibrations?

I am currently reading this paper. I understand how the Bloch sphere $S^2$ is presented as a geometric representation of the observables of a two-state system: $$ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle ...
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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 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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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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Importance of Kronecker product in quantum computation

To get product state of two states $|\phi \rangle$ and $|\psi \rangle$, we use Kronecker product $|\phi \rangle \otimes |\psi \rangle$. Instead of Kronecker product $\otimes$, can we use Cartesian ...
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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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How can projection operators be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$?

How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$? I was reading a paper and found out that the density matrix in $d$-dimensional Hilbert Space can be ...
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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% ...