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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Post-measurement state for measurement outcomes on Qutrit states

I am trying to do problems in Barnett.S. - "Quantum Information" book but I am confused on what the question wants and how to proceed. The question is as follow, The qutrit (three state system) ...
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Physical interpretation of applying a unitary operator to a state

When we apply one of the Pauli matrices $\sigma_y$ on one of its eigen-vectors $| \odot \rangle$, what does the eigen-value tell us about $| \odot \rangle$? Is this considered a measurement of $| ...
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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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How does many-worlds interpretation make measurement unitary?

Does many-worlds interpretation of QM make the process of measurement (wavefunction collapse) be an unitary transform? If so, how does it do this? If we have an "object" qubit in state ...
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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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Can single maximal fraction be increased by one-party local operation?

For a quantum channel $\Lambda$, the corresponding bipartite state is $\rho=(I\otimes\Lambda)(|\Phi\rangle\langle\Phi|)$, where $|\Phi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\sum_{i}|ii\rangle$. The maximal ...
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Binomial expansion of non-commutative operators

I would like to determine the general expansion of $(A+B)^n$, where $[A,B]\neq0$, i.e. A and B are two generally no-commutative operators. How could I express this in terms of summations of the ...
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What sort of operations can be applied on a Hilbert spaces?

I was reading the paper No Universal Flipper for Quantum States. In this paper they have tried to prove by contradiction that a universal flipping machine cannot exist. By flipping I mean if I have a ...
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Is the quantum NOT operation similar to the classical NOT operation?

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right\rangle}$ Classical NOT operation Suppose I had an interval $S = [a,b]\in\Bbb{R}$, then $$\mathrm{NOT}(S) = (-\infty,a) \cup (b,\infty)$$ Quantum NOT operation ...
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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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SU(3) interferometry with qutrits

It is well known that a two-mode interferometer can be described in terms of $SU(2)$ group Smerzi. I wonder if something symilar exists for three mode interferometer and qutrit states ? Not only ...
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Why won't this quantum communication work

I'm sure I'm failing to understand something here. Could someone please explain why this would not work? Preparation: Select two complementary properties, X and Y, and a measurement function for X ...
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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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Verifying quantum states

Suppose Alice creates a secret n-qubit state $\lvert \psi \rangle$ from a description $d$, and gives the states to Bob. (Bob doesn't know $d$ ) Bob who doesn't trust the channel, wants to verify if ...
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Entanglement distillation - Interpreting a protocol

I have a general question regarding the interpretation of a enganglement distillation protocol. In general you have a set of entanglet qubit pairs in a Werner-state. Point of matter of this is that I ...
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What is the difference between maximally entangled and maximally mixed states?

To my understanding, mixed states is composed of various states with their corresponding probabilities, but what is the actual difference between maximally mixed states and maximally entangled states? ...
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What are the Eigenstates in a Flux Qubit?

By reading Wikipedia I get that the two Eigenstates of a Flux Qubit are clockwise or counter-clockwise circulating current. This is somehow intuitive, as my current-generated H-Field compensates the ...
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Quantum computer simulators [closed]

What are good, free, open source, GUI-based quantum computer simulators? I remember there used to be a Java-based one that was very good, but it doesn't seem to be online anymore, or it's relocated.
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How can quantum entanglement send information?

I don't believe this is a duplication (either that or I didn't understand the answers to the other questions). I understand when sending information via radio waves that the frequency or amplitude is ...
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How are the field operator and quantum state after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter individually?

How are the field operator $\hat{a}$, $\hat{a}^\dagger$ and the quantum state (like coherent state $|\alpha>$, Fock state $|n>$) changed after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter ...
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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 the matrix representation in the same basis not same for a density operator?

I have a $\rho : V \to V$ density operator of a $n$ dimensional space $V$ and $\{i\}=\{i_1,i_2..i_n\}$ is an orthonormal basis of this space. The density operator is defined as $$\rho=\sum ...
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What is the actual meaning of the density operator?

I am not able to understand the definition of the density operator. I know that if $V$ is a vector space and if I have $k$ states belonging to this vector space, say $|\psi_{i}\rangle$ for $1\le i\le ...
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Condition for quantum error correction based on encoded states

I am trying to understand the properties of quantum error correcting codes. Consider a quantum code on a lattice, with the property that a given region $R$ is correctable (for any error localized to ...
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Question about the no-clone theorem

The quantum no-clone theorem states that one cannot "build" a perfect cloning device for arbitrary quantum systems. There also exists a famous thought experiment where Alice transmits information to ...
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How can I prove following density matrices have same eigenvalues?

I have the following two density operators, the paper I am reading says that these two operators have same eigenvalues $$\rho^i = \frac{1}{3} ( |0\rangle \langle 0 | +|1\rangle \langle 1 |+|2\rangle ...
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Quantum Error Correction: Surface code vs. color code

Recently, two groups working on quantum computers published results on quantum error correction. The first was Rainer Blatt's group, who used trapped ions to perform a topologically encoded qubit ...
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Heisenberg XXX time evolution operator for three qubits

I've a problem to reproduce the result in equation (4) on page three of this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.2588. So far I've understood that they apply a Heisenberg XXX interaction between ...
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Taking photos without photons?

I was looking up some science news and I came across this! Blind quantum camera snaps photos of Schrödinger’s cat ...
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Why does a quantum cloner imply superluminal communication

I am wondering why superluminal communication would be possible if a quantum cloner would exist? The common argument (FLASH) goes as follows: Alice and Bob share the Bell state $$ |\psi^-\rangle = ...
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Have there been any experiments that have demonstrated a quantum error correcting code?

Has quantum error correction been demonstrated? I know that classical error correction has been demonstrated by [1], they correct a single bit flip error, but has anyone been able to detect and ...
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Distinguishing density operators with the same diagonal elements

If I have two sources of qubits and one source produces the density matrix: $$\rho_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}$$ and the other source produces: $$\rho_2 = ...
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Does the superposition principle affect the space of quantum states?

I am confused about the set of quantum states. I have seen it written that in classical physics, the set of all states is a simplex. (I think this refers to the probability simplex.) In quantum ...
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How does Landauer's Principle apply in quantum (and generally reversible) computing

I understand that a reversible computer does not dissipate heat through the Landauer's principle whilst running - the memory state at all times is a bijective function of the state at any other time. ...
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Phase shift of the displacement operator

According to my professor, the displacement operator $D(α)=e^{\alpha a^†−α^*a}$ can be written, "with a simple phase shift", as $D(α)=e^{i\alpha(a^†+a)}$ which he then proceeds to write as ...
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How to write a noisy state as a separable operator

Bipartite operators close enough to the identity are separable. But how does one compute the product operator terms of the separable expansion? In particular, if $\left| \Phi \right> = m^{-1/2} ...
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Shape of the state space under different tensor products

I am currently studying generalized probabilistic theories. Let me roughly recall how such a theory looks like (you can skip this and go to "My question" if you are familiar with this). Recall: In a ...
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Unitarity and measurement

I used to believe that the wavefunction collapse came from the interaction of the system we want to measure {S} with the measurement apparatus {M} : {S} undergoing a non unitary transformation, but ...
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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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Properties of controlled z-rotations

Given n qubit gate of the form c-z-z-z... (shorthand for c-z between qubit 1 and 2 followed by c-z between 1 and 3 and so on up to n qubits) it seems to be possible to find local unitaries which will ...
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Question about Hartle and Hawking's universal wavefunction?

My apologies in advance if this question is poorly worded or doesn't make any sense, however I have just finished reading into this theory and it seems as though Hawkings No Boundary Universe is ...
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Question on hadamard gate and cnot gate circuit tables

I'm trying to solve this problem for homework: Now show that if the CNOT gate is applied in the Hadamard basis - i.e. apply the Hadamard gate to the inputs and outputs of the CNOT gate - then ...
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How to connect these two formulations regarding the need for a density matrix in quantum mechanics?

I found these two formulations: The density matrix is: 1) "needed if we consider a system that is part of a larger closed system." 2) "needed for a system to be ...
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Are universally valid possibilistic theories possible?

This is a spin-off of the following question: Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with knightian freedom the same things in essence? Given that Thomas ...
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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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Quantum information references

I was hoping you guys could recommend reading material on quantum information. First off, here's my background. Personally, I started reading Ballentine's Quantum Mechanics and I found it be a very ...
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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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The Simon's Algorithm, confusing equation

I'm approaching the Simon's Algorithm and have troubles with understanding a logic in an introduction. Above the eq. 6.5.4 they introduce that set S which has 2 elements. As far as I understand, ...
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About long range entanglement [closed]

“topologically non-trivial” ground states have long-range entanglement. Is this possible to process the quantum information with help of the studies in topological non-trivial ground states for ...
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Is a quantum channel well behaved under a perturbation of its Choi matrix?

Every completely positive trace preserving quantum channel can be associated with a unique quantum state. Supposing one perturbs the quantum state into a new state. Is there some sense in which one ...