Questions tagged [bloch-sphere]

For questions related to the Bloch sphere. In quantum mechanics, the Bloch sphere is a geometrical representation of the pure state space of a two-level quantum mechanical system (qubit), named after the physicist Felix Bloch. (Wikipedia)

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Purity of mixed states as a function of radial distance from origin of Bloch ball

@AHusain mentions here that the purity of a qubit state can be expressed as a function of the radius from the center of a Bloch sphere. The state corresponding to the origin is maximally mixed whereas ...
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Can the Bloch sphere be generalized to two qubits?

The Bloch sphere is a nice visualization of single qubit states. Mathematically, it can be generalized to any number of qubits by means of a high-dimensional hypersphere. But such things are not easy ...
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Why is the boundary of the set of states in the generalised Bloch representation comprised of singular matrices?

Consider an arbitrary qudit state $\rho$ over $d$ modes. Any such state can be represented as a point in $\mathbb R^{d^2-1}$ via the standard Bloch representation: $$\rho=\frac{1}{d}\left(\mathbb I +\...
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Why is an entangled qubit shown at the origin of a Bloch sphere?

I'm unclear why the Bloch sphere representation of a maximally entangled qubit shows the state of the bit as being at the origin of the sphere. For example, this illustration shows the effect of ...
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Why are half angles used in the Bloch sphere representation of qubits?

Suppose we have a single qubit with state $| \psi \rangle = \alpha | 0 \rangle + \beta | 1 \rangle$. We know that $|\alpha|^2 + |\beta|^2 = 1$, so we can write $| \alpha | = \cos(\theta)$, $| \beta | ...
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How to prove that Z operator rotates points on Bloch sphere about Z axis through 180°?

My idea was to apply $Z$ operator 𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐞, which leads us back to the point where we started from, and also show that after applying the $Z$ operator just 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞 we are not at the same point ...
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The general form of unitary operations on a single qubit

I want to understand the relation between the following two ways of deriving a (unitary) matrix that corresponds to the action of a gate on a single qubit: 1) HERE, in IBM's tutorial, they ...
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Homeomorphism or stereographic projection corresponding to the set of mixed states within the Bloch sphere

The Bloch sphere is homeomorphic to the Riemann sphere, and there exists a stereographic projection $\Bbb S^2\to \Bbb C_\infty$. But this only holds for pure states. To quote Wikipedia: Quantum ...