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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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 parameters are needed to specify a quantum state?

We have a spin state \begin{align} \ |{\Psi}\rangle=a_u|{U}\rangle+a_d|{D}\rangle \end{align} where $|U\rangle$ and $|D\rangle$ are $up$ and $down$ basis vectors, and $a_u$,$a_d$ are their complex ...
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Natural units of information

In physics entropy is usually measured in nats. I wonder is there a possible model of a physical system which has entropy of discrete number of nats? How particles and degrees of freedom should be ...
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Using delayed choice interference experiments as a computing device

I had an idea how to design a "quantum computer": How about designing interference-experiments where the design of the experiments itself represents algorithmical or mathematical problems that are ...
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The definition of Gaussian State

Could you clarify to me what is a Gaussian state? I know what is a Gaussian function and Gaussian distribution, but I don't know how to respond to other when they ask me to provide the definition of a ...
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How is the energy/eigenvalue gap plot drawn for adiabatic quantum computation?

I was going through arXiv:quant-ph/0001106v1, the first paper by Farhi on adiabatic quantum computation. Equation 2.24 says, $$\tilde{H}(s) = (1-s)H_B + sH_P$$ which means the adiabatic evolution ...
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Quantum algorithm for checking if element exists

I am currently having hard times while facing an interesting idea, which could speed up many present quantum algorithms, but I am not sure whether my thought is not misleading, or more precisely, ...
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What is the difference between a bit and a qubit?

I am Computer Science student and learning about quantum computing. But, I have a problem in understanding Bit and Qubit relationship. A bit with 2 bits = 4 states 00,01,10,11--- 1 state at a time. ...
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QM interpretations

I don't fully appreciate what the discovery of the decoherence phenomenon adds to the Copenaghen interpretation of QM. I will be more precise: the Copenaghen interpretation, if I am not wrong, is ...
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Is it possible to bind an entangled electron to the outer shell of an atom or just a proton?

Say we start with an entangled electron--positron pair and we separate them. I want to take the entangled electron and bind it to a proton or the outer shell of an atom. Is it possible to do this ...
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Representation of quantum transformations as matrices

I was reading Quantum Computation explained to my mother, which makes the following claim Postulate 2 A closed physical system in state V will evolve into a new state W , after a certain ...
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How could memory be organized in quantum computers?

A classical computer has a memory made up of bits, where each bit represents either a one or a zero and its implemented by two-state transistor logic. However, a quantum computer maintains a sequence ...
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What is the difference between Quantum teleportation and Radio waves?

Quantum teleportation over 143 kilometres using active feed- forward What is the difference between Quantum teleportation and radio waves?
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Conservation of quantum coherence?

Is coherence conserved under unitary transformation? As we saw in the process of generating entanglement, coherence between states of the subsystem is transferred to quantum correlations (related to ...
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How to we measure quantum purity experimentally?

Quantum purity $\gamma$ of a general state $\rho$, where $\rho$ is a density matrix, is defined as $\gamma = \text{tr} (\rho^2)$. I'd like to understand how $\gamma$ can be measured experimentally. ...
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Eigenvalues of density operator under quantum channel

Consider a 2x2 density operator $\rho$ with eigenvalues $\lambda_{1},\lambda_{2}$ (where $\lambda_{1}\geq\lambda_{2}$) evolving into a 4x4 density operator $\rho'$ (with eigenvalues ...
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How do you find the projection operator onto an eigenspace if you don't know the eigenvector?

I was working on exercise 2.60 of Nielsen-Chuang which is as follows: Show that $\vec{v}\cdot\vec{\sigma}$ has eigenvalues $\pm 1$, and that the projectors onto the corresponding eigenspaces are ...
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Is entanglement a classical phenomena?

If I have an entangled state shared between two parties Alice and Bob $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}|00\rangle+\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}|11\rangle....(1)$$ then the reduced density operator of Alice's side is ...
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Why is Quantum Teleportation important in Cryptography?

I think the physical principle is that (Wikipedia): For every qubit teleported, Alice needs to send Bob two classical bits of information. These two classical bits do not carry complete ...
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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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I am interested in learning Quantum Computing what should I do? [closed]

I wish to learn about quantum computing which seems to be a topic of hot research and overall just intrigues me. I have a strong background in discrete mathematics and number theory. And am a pretty ...
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Is it ever necessary to extend an analysis of Grover's algorithm beyond $k/N = 1/2$?

Is it ever necessary to extend an analysis of Grover's algorithm beyond $k/N = 1/2$, where $k$ is the number of "hits" in a total of $N$ possible values for $|\,x\rangle$? If we know $k$, and know ...
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How is a Qubit in two states under Superposition?

I have read a little about Quantum computing. From what I understand, Quantum Superposition is when a qubit is in a state $\alpha|0\rangle$ + $\beta|1\rangle$, where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are ...
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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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Convert state Vectors to Bloch Sphere angles

I think this question is a bit low brow for the forum. I want to take a state vector $ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle $ to the two bloch angles. What's the best way? I tried to just factor out ...
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Relation between classical and quantum information

It is known that for a classical system the amount of information needed to store its state is the same as the amount of information that can be stored in that system. This amount is equal to ...
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Why when we have GHZ, then we cannot send a qubit using teleportation technique? [closed]

Suppose the following example Alice has a qubit $|A\rangle$ and Bob has a qubit $|B\rangle$, then by teleportation technique we can send an unknown qubit state (i.e. $|\psi\rangle = \alpha ...
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How is Q superposition in Q information different from a classical dice?

Let's consider a dice with 1 or -1 on its faces, opposites faces adding up to 0. The point of this post is to relate the quantum coherence of a single qubit to something "weird", i.e., incapable of ...
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What state is a qubit system in if it is measured by someone, but we do not know the measurement?

Suppose there is a qubit Q in the state $$ \lvert+\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt2}(\lvert 0\rangle+ \lvert 1\rangle) $$ Now somebody makes a computational basis measurement on Q, but we do not learn the ...
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Relation between Von Neumann entropy (and other entanglement measures) and thermodynamical entropy

Suppose I have a bipartite system (with Hilbert space $H = H_a \times H_b$) and the following state: $$\sigma = \sum_{n} \frac{e^{-\beta E_n}}{Z} \rho_n$$ where $Z = \sum_n e^{- \beta E_n}$ and ...
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How powerful would a quantum computer need to be to break RSA encrytion codes?

First off, just to reassure everybody, I have no motive other than pure curiosity for asking this question. I don't want my bank account hacked any more than you want the same done to yours. My ...
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What does density operator being same for two sytems tells us?

Yesterday I asked a question. I got it that if a density operator is given as $$\rho=\sum_{i=1}^{i=k}p_i|\psi_i\rangle \langle\psi_i| \tag{1}$$ then it means that the system is one of the states ...
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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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Purpose of Grover's algorithm?

How is the output of Grover's algorithm useful if the result is required to use the oracle? If we already know the desired state, what's the point of using the algorithm? So can you give me a ...
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How to measure a qubit in a random basis

Let a two dimensional system be in the state $\phi=|0\rangle\langle0|$, for any basis $M$ spanned by the orthogonal vectors $|\psi_0\rangle,|\psi_1\rangle$, we can measure $\phi$ in basis $M$ and ...
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Quantum communication

Is it possible to get two atoms to opposite quantum states of one another so when I change the state of first one, the state of the other one changes too? Is it possible to move them to another place ...
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Physical meaning of $Tr(\rho ^2)$

If $\rho$ is the density matrix of a system then $Tr(\rho ^2) \leq 1$. If the equality holds the system is in a pure state and it is in a mixed state otherwise. But, what is the physical meaning of ...
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2x2 Matrices that are not valid quantum states

Given a 2-dimensional Hilbert space, quantum states can be expressed as $2\times 2$ density matrices. In terms of the Pauli matrices, or Bloch representation, they can be written as \begin{equation} ...
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Quantum circuit and Witness preserving amplification for QMA

My question is about the witness preserving amplification scheme for QMA proposed by Marriott and Watrous in 2005 (see http://arxiv.org/abs/cs/0506068 and ...
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What's wrong with my Quantum Early Warning System (Thought Experiment) [closed]

I'm a lay physics enthusiast and I came up with a thought experiment that I can't fully wrap my head around: Alice and Bob are worried about an impending attack by the dreaded Xenomorphs, so they ...
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How do we take the limit of this quantum operation?

I am wondering how to take the following limit: \begin{align} L= \lim_{\tau \to \infty} \frac{1}{\tau} \int_{-\tau/2}^{\tau/2} dy \, \left(1 - \frac{1}{\sqrt{ \pi} \sigma } ...
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Understanding measurement based quantum computing

I am currently reading M. A. Nielsen's review on Cluster-state Quantum Computation (Nielsen, Michael A. "Cluster-state quantum computation." Reports on Mathematical Physics 57.1 (2006): 147-161.). ...
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The black hole paradox

I recently read in the news that Stephen Hawking claims to have solved the Black Hole Information paradox. I researched a bit about the paradox and the research that Stephen Hawking did to solve it. ...
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Can someone explain why this QM FTL communication setup is wrong?

So I thought I understood the double-slit experiment and EPR paradox until this setup occured to me. It combines EPR entanglement with "which-way" double slit setups. I know it must be wrong, but I ...
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How to understand the three state descriptions from 3 observers of such a system?

Assuming an EPR pair $\psi_{AB}=|00>+|11>$ and three observers Alice, Bob and Charlie, who can communicate with each other but they do not do it for the time being. Alice with a qubit $|0>$ ...
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Is there a definition of relative Renyi entropy?

Is there a Renyi entropy analogue of ``$H(X \vert Y)$" ? If yes then is there any known meaning to that? Googling around I found a few different notions, equation 18 here, ...
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Long distance entanglement maintenance for quantum teleportation

Quantum teleportation starts out with an EPR pair being distributed among Alice and Bob i.e. one qubit goes to Alice and the other goes to Bob. The problem that I see in this scenario is the state of ...
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Can All 4-D column matrices be given as tensor product of 2-D column matrices?

I am familiar with entanglement concept. But it feels bit weird to me that all possibilities of a system in a $4$-dimensional vector space cannot be given as tensor product of two $2$-dimensional ...
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Spin in magnetic field and eigenvalues

We have some arbitrary quantum state, lets say $$\vert\Psi\rangle=\alpha_{1}\vert\uparrow\rangle+\alpha_{2}\vert\downarrow\rangle= \begin{pmatrix} \alpha_{1} \\ \alpha_{2} \\ \end{pmatrix}$$. And ...
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Prove that $-\log{d} \leq H(A|B) \leq \log{d}$ for von Neumann entropy

I'm trying to prove that $-\log{d} \leq H(A|B) \leq \log{d}$ for von Neumann entropy. Now, for this to make sense I should give some definitions. System $A$ lives in Hilbert space ...