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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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Bloch sphere and quantum operations [closed]

Evidently the Bloch Sphere is used as a graphical representation for any single qubit system, although what does it mean at an intuitive level? Moreover, the manipulation of qubits still seems unclear,...
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Which angle is estimated by the phase estimation algorithm?

Is it $\theta$ or $\varphi$ as usually depicted on the Bloch sphere? In other words, is it the angle projected on the $xy$-plane or is it the one on a plane that intersects the $z$-axis of the Bloch ...
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Does the trace distance have a geometrical interpretation?

Consider the trace distance between two quantum states $\rho,\sigma$, defined via $$D(\rho,\sigma)=\frac12\operatorname{Tr}|\rho-\sigma|,$$ where $|A|\equiv\sqrt{A^\dagger A}$. When $\rho$ and $\...
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Probability of equal outcomes measuring a Bell state in the directions $\vec{n}_1,\vec{n}_2$

Take the Bell state $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(|00\rangle +|11\rangle\right) $$ and measure the first qubit with respect to some axis $\vec{n}_1$ on the Bloch sphere, i.e. measure the observable $$\vec{...
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Do pure states lie on a hypersphere in the Bloch representation?

It is known that every state $\rho$ of a $d$-level system (or if you prefer, qudits living in a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space) can be mapped into elements of $\mathbb R^{d^2-1}$ through the mapping ...
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Can a mixed state be represented on a Bloch sphere?

I have a hard time getting the exact difference between concepts of superposed and mixed states. Is it possible to represent the second one on the Bloch sphere, to show the main difference?
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How to prove that antipodal points on the Bloch sphere are orthogonal?

I started by assuming two antipodal states $$ |(\theta,\psi)\rangle = \cos\dfrac{\theta}{2}|0\rangle + \sin\dfrac{\theta}{2}e^{i\psi}|1\rangle\\ |(\theta+\pi,\psi+\pi)\rangle= \cos\dfrac{\theta+\pi}{2}...
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How are measurements on $Z$ and $X$ axes interpreted in the Bloch sphere?

I'm having trouble understanding how the measurement on $z$ and $x$ axes can be interpreted in terms of the Bloch sphere representation. . I know that the state can be written as $$∣𝜓⟩=\cos(𝜃/2)|...
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Bloch Sphere - Rotation Matrix

A qubit is given in the following form: $\left|\psi\right\rangle = \cos\left(\dfrac{\theta}{2}\right)\left|0\right\rangle + e^{i\phi}\sin\left(\dfrac{\theta}{2}\right)\left|1\right\rangle$. Let's ...
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Maximum number of “almost orthogonal” vectors one can embed in Hilbert space

In a Hilbert space of dimension $d$, how do I calculate the largest number $N(\epsilon, d)$ of vectors $\{V_i\}$ which satisfies the following properties. Here $\epsilon$ is small but finite compared ...
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How to add states on the Bloch sphere from a master equation?

Can you please help me to find an answer to this question: I am using qutip for the study of quantum systems. suppose I have calculated the solution of the master equation using the ...
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Plotting Bloch sphere in QuTiP

Is there anyone who reproduced the Bloch sphere given in the paper QuTiP: An open-source Python framework for the dynamics of open quantum systems by J. R. Johansson, P. D. Nation, Franco Nori? I am ...
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How are orthogonal sets of pure states arranged in state space?

It is well known that the state of a (pure) qubit can be described as a point on a two-dimensional sphere, the so-called Bloch sphere. The mapping $\lvert\psi\rangle\mapsto \boldsymbol r_\psi$ that ...
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Is there any online Bloch sphere simulator?

While writing this answer I realized it would be really helpful if I could show the OP a video or .gif of how qubit states in Bloch spheres transform under certain unitary operations. I googled up a ...
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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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What is the meaning of writing a state in its Bloch representation?

What is the meaning of writing a state $|\psi\rangle$ in its Bloch representation. Would I be correct in saying it's just writing out its Bloch vector?
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Drawing tangent vectors to the Bloch sphere with qutip

I need to plot drawings of qubit dynamics on the Bloch sphere. I know QuTip allows to do such drawings but I specifically need to represent evolution velocities on the Bloch sphere so I need to draw ...
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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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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 ...
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What utility is provided by the Bloch sphere visualization?

The Bloch sphere is a mainstay of introductions to quantum computing, but what utility does it actually provide? It can't usefully represent multiple qbits because of entanglement and requires a weird ...
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What's a vector in the Bloch sphere representation?

The Bloch sphere isn't so intuitive for me. But I am not sure how you are supposed to manipulate it using vectors and matrices. How do you actually represent a vector on it? Is it $(\cos(a) , e^i\...
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Spin precession using a laser

According to Christopher Monroe: "Modular Ion Trap Quantum Networks: Going Big", the hyperfine states of the valence electron in the Yb+ is used as a qubit. I know that we can change the spin ...
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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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How to obtain Y rotation with only X and Z rotations gates?

Let's say you have a system with which you can perform arbitrary rotations around the X and Z axis. How would you then be able to use these rotations to obtain an arbitrary rotation around the Y axis? ...
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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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Flying qubits compared with stationary qubits

In a previous question I asked how stationary bits could be processed by logic gates. I casually mentioned that I could visualize qubits traversing stationary logic gates, and @DaftWullie said “It ...
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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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Computing Majorana “Stars”

I'm trying to implement Majorana's "stellar representation" of a spin-$j$ system as $2j$ points on the $2$-sphere in python. Consulting papers including Extremal quantum states and their Majorana ...
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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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From Q# measurements to Bloch sphere

I would like to represent the state of a qubit on a Bloch sphere from the measurements made with Q#. According the documentation, it is possible to measure a qubit in the different Pauli bases (...
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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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Rotating about the y- or z-axis of the Bloch sphere

In order to rotate about an axis of the Bloch sphere we ususally use pulses e.g. in trapped ion quantum computing or superconducting qubits. Let's say we have rotation around the x-axis. What do I ...
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How to think about the Z gate in a Bloch sphere?

I am confused about how to understand the $Z$ gate in a Bloch sphere. Considering the matrix $Z = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 \end{pmatrix}$ it is understandable that $Z|0\rangle = |0\...