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Questions tagged [density-matrix]

A density matrix is a matrix that can be used to describe a quantum system in a mixed state, a statistical ensemble of several quantum states. This should be contrasted with a single state vector that describes a quantum system in a pure state. The density matrix is the quantum-mechanical analogue to a phase-space probability measure (probability distribution of position and momentum) in classical statistical mechanics.

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Non-uniqueness of pure states ensemble decomposition

Apparently, the decomposition of a state into an ensemble of pure states is not unique. I can't understand why, as if I understood correctly a "pure state ensemble decomposition" is just the ...
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Is the set of classical-quantum states convex?

I read about the classical-quantum states in the textbook by Mark Wilde and there is an exercise that asks to show the set of classical-quantum states is not a convex set. But I have an argument to ...
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Partial trace over a product of matrices - one factor is in tensor product form

$$Tr(\rho^{AB} (\sigma^A \otimes I/d)) = Tr(\rho^A \sigma^A)$$ I came across the above, but I'm not sure how it's true. I figured they first partial traced out the B subsystem, and then trace A, but ...
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Measuring but not looking at the result

Once a state is measured, but we don't look at the result, is the state now written as a density matrix, that is, the probability that it could land on a measurement operator multiplied by the ...
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Density matrix after measurement on density matrix

Let's say Alice wants to send Bob a $|0\rangle$ with probability .5 and $|1\rangle$ also with probability .5. So after a qubit Alice prepares leaves her lab, the system could be represented by the ...
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Total mutual information of a quantum system

In the discussions about quantum correlations, particularly beyond entanglement (discord, dissonance e.t.c), one can often meet two definitions of mutual information of a quantum system $\rho^{AB}$: ...
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Maximally mixed states for more than 1 qubit

For 1 qubit, the maximally mixed state is $\frac{\mathrm{I}}{2}$. So, for two qubits, I assume the maximally mixed state is the maximally mixed state is $\frac{\mathrm{I}}{4}$? Which is: $\frac{1}{...
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Suggest, partly based upon limited numerical results, possible “elegant” exact formulas for Bures two-qubit separability probability

Lovas and Andai (https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.01410) have recently established that the separability probability (ratio of separable volume to total volume) for the nine-dimensional convex set of two-...
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Applying CNOT with local operations and two EPR pairs

Suppose Alice and Bob hold one qubit each of an arbitrary two-qubit state $|\psi \rangle$ that is possibly entangled. They can apply local operations and are allowed classical communication. Their ...
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How do I construct a Density Matrix corresponding to a Hamiltonian?

I have a Hamiltonian and I want to know the corresponding density matrix. The matrix I'm interested in is the one in this question.
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Why is this Hamiltonian matrix diagonal?

I've only recently started using density matrices in my work but I am confused with the following code that I have whether I am getting the right matrix: ...
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Is there a relation between the factorisation of the joint conditional probability distribution and Bell inequality?

[I'm sorry, I've already posted the same question in the physics community, but I haven't received an answer yet.] I'm approaching the study of Bell's inequalities and I understood the reasoning ...
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Difference between coherence transfer, polarization transfer and population transfer?

I asked a question on Physics Stack Exchange but no one answered the question and I didn't get enough views on it. I am asking it on QCSE because the question is related to experimental quantum ...
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How do we derive the density operator of a subsystem?

The density operator can be used to represent uncertainty of quantum state from some perspective, aka a subsystem of the full quantum system. For example, given a Bell state: $|\psi\rangle = \frac{|...
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How is measurement modelled when using the density operator?

I've just learned about the density operator, and it seems like a fantastic way to represent the branching nature of measurement as simple algebraic manipulation. Unfortunately, I can't quite figure ...
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How to calculate the off-diagonal elements of a density matrix using the measurement result?

For example, one have measured some states like $|0\rangle$ in the computational basis for many times and got the approximate probability of getting 0 and 1 ($P(0)$ and $P(1)$). Then how does he ...
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Modeling energy relaxation effects with density matrix formalism

I know there are measures that can be taken to mitigate the effects of dephasing (I'm referring here to Dynamic Decoupling and the other ideas it led to). I find it surprising that there is no ...
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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 do density matrices act on $\mathcal{H}_A$?

For a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_A$, I have seen the phrase density matrices acting on $\mathcal{H}_A$ multiple times, e.g. here. It is clear to me that if $\mathcal{H}_A$ has finite Hilbert ...
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Density matrices for pure states and mixed states

What is the motivation behind density matrices? And, what is the difference between the density matrices of pure states and density matrices of mixed states? This is a self-answered sequel to What&#...
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How to find a density matrix of a qubit?

If we are given a state of a qubit, how do we construct its density matrix?
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How to check if a matrix is a valid density matrix?

What conditions must a matrix hold to be considered a valid density matrix?
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Only assuming the universe evolves according to a positive trace-preserving map, is there a proof that all subsystem evolution must be CPTP?

If we only assume that the wavefunction of the universe evolves according to $e^{-iHt}$, is there any proof that all subsystems of the universe (partial traces over parts of the universe) must evolve ...