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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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### How to show a density matrix is in a pure/mixed state?

Say we have a single qubit with some density matrix, for example lets say we have the density matrix $\rho=\begin{pmatrix}3/4&1/2\\1/2&1/2\end{pmatrix}$. I would like to know what is the ...
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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: ...
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 ...