# How to measure in another basis

I am new to qiskit and I have to simulate a quantum circuit. I read this documentation https://qiskit.org/textbook/ch-states/single-qubit-gates.html where it is left as an exercise to the reader to write a function to measure in the $$|+i\rangle$$ and $$|-i\rangle$$ or the y-basis. I want to know if I've done it correctly or not.

I need to measure a state in the y-basis after preparing it in an equal superposition the $$|0\rangle$$ and $$|1\rangle$$ states. To do this, I first applied the Hadamard gate which does the first part and takes the $$|0\rangle$$ state to the $$|+\rangle$$ state. Now comes the measurement part. To do this I applied an $$S^\dagger$$ and then the $$H$$ gate again.

Now I simply measure the state

def Y_measurement(qc,qubit,cbit):
qc.sdg(qubit)
qc.h(qubit)
qc.measure(qubit,cbit)
return qc

circuit = QuantumCircuit(1,1)
circuit.h(0)
circuit.barrier()

Y_measurement(circuit, 0, 0)

circuit.draw(output='mpl') Is this correct?

Yes, your solution is correct.

Please find here circuits for measurement in z (computational), y (circular) and x (Hadamard) bases: Source: Quantum Algorithm Implementations for Beginners, pg. 68.

Note that the blue Hadamard gate is used for preparing state $$|+\rangle$$ which is then measured. Pink gates are those needed for measuring in different basis. So, measurement in z basis needs no additional gate (left circuit), measuring in y basis needs $$S^\dagger$$ and $$H$$ additional gates (middle circuit) and measuring in x basis needs additional $$H$$ gate (right circuit).

• The blue Hadamard gate is a part of the circuit because the question asked about the measurement of the $\vert+\rangle$ state in the Y-basis. The gates in pink are the ones that correspond to making the measurement - Just wanted to put this out there in case somebody looks at the first circuit and thinks it's performing a Hadamard basis measurement instead of a computational basis measurement.
– giri
Sep 7, 2020 at 5:34
• @AdityaGiridharan: Thanks for your comment. Based on it, I made my answer clearer. Sep 7, 2020 at 6:46
• Please can you share the post measurement values in each of the three cases? Nov 26, 2021 at 18:48
• @KittuA: In the first case, the probability of both $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ is 50% as Hadamard gate prepares state $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle + |1\rangle)$. The second case is the same as the first case since $HS^\dagger|+\rangle =\frac{1}{2}(1 - i, 1 + i)^T$ and $[(1/2)|1-i|]^2=[(1/2)|1-i|]^2 = 0.5$ (you can verify this with direct calculation). In the third case, the resulting state is $|0\rangle$ with 100% probablity as $H^2 = I$. Nov 26, 2021 at 22:46