# 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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### Why can the most general state of a qubit be written as $|\Psi\rangle=\cos(\frac\theta2)|0\rangle+e^{i\phi}\sin(\frac\theta2)|1\rangle$?

Why we can express a most general qubit as $|\Psi\rangle = \cos{\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)}|0\rangle + e^{i \phi} \sin{\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)} |1\rangle$? Is there any formal proof for this?
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### How does Equation (9) follows from these definitions?

How does Equation (9) follows from these definitions? This is my working out for the first identity. It appears that the identity is not true. For the second identity, I used sympy to check. The ...
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### Can I draw platonic solid inside a Bloch sphere?

I wonder if there's a tool available to draw platonic solids or other 3-D shapes inside a Bloch sphere. Here's an example I found on a research paper: In my previous visualizations, I used the ...
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### How to derive the rotations caused by the H gate?

In Nielsen and Chuang, there's the following paragraph: The Hadamard operation is just a rotation of the sphere about the ˆy axis by 90◦, followed by a rotation about the ˆx axis by 180◦. I am ...
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### Vector math of applying an X-gate on an $|i\rangle$ basis state

It is well known that the X-gate will apply a rotation about the x-axis on the bloch sphere. Knowing this, the $|i\rangle$ state should be converted to the $|-i\rangle$ state on the application of ...
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### Meaning of a pound sign (#) on a Bloch sphere

For the following Bloch sphere representation of a qubit, what does the highlighted symbol mean? I'm not sure if it means anything or it's just for showing that it's a sphere, not a circle.
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### Is every single-qubit unitary just a rotation around some unit vector on the Bloch sphere?

I remember reading this somewhere... Is there an elegant proof for this?
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### What does the notation $|+\rangle,|−\rangle,|±i \rangle$ mean in Bloch sphere?

The axis in a a 2D diagram like the following, usually represent 2 quantities. Eg in pic below, $x$ represents time and $y$ represents velocity What gets measured along each axis of a Bloch sphere? ...
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### Why is there no angle for the $z$ axis in the Bloch sphere?

I see that in Bloch spheres, there is an angle for the $x$ and $y$ axes but not for the $z$ axis. Why?
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### How do we determine the direction of a time evolution $e^{-itH}$ on the Bloch sphere?

I have a question about the direction of time evolution on a Bloch sphere: suppose I'm performing a unitary time-evolution $\exp(-iHt/\hbar)$ for a single qubit, then on the Bloch sphere it ...
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### Question regarding bloch vector solutions for master equation on page 388 of N&C

On page 388 of N&C, you are asked to find the solution to a differential equation for a two-level atom coupled to a vacuum. However, I have no experience with differential equations, so I am ...
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### time evolution around a 'reflective axis'

Here's a diagram illustrates my question: The pink and purple vectors are 'reflective' (just like a light ray hitting a surface, though the direction is not the same case). Two grey vectors are some ...
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### Bloch Sphere of Qiskit logo

Trying to plot the Bloch Sphere of the IBM Qiskit logo ...
### $N(\frac{1}{2},2)=3$ for vectors in a Hilbert Space
Came across This question regarding the maximum number of almost orthogonal vectors one can embed in a Hilbert space. They state that $N(\frac{1}{2},2)=3$, and that explicit construction of the ...