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# Questions tagged [density-matrix]

For questions about density matrices and related concepts and ideas, e.g. procedures for computing properties of quantum states from their density matrices.

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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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### 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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### Density matrices of multiples copies of a single Haar-Random state

In Pseudorandom States, Non-Cloning Theorems and Quantum Money, the authors state that: Let $\rho_\mu^m$ be the density matrix of a random $|\psi\rangle^{\otimes m}$ for $|\psi\rangle$ chosen from ...
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### What does it mean for a density matrix to "act on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}"$?

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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### Simulating a quantum circuit with decoherence and noise

Based on the answers given here and here, it is pretty clear that an arbitrary quantum circuit can be simulated with matrix algebra. The difficulty is that this assume perfect fidelity. I am unsure ...
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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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### 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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### Give an explicit derivation of the exact formula for the two-qubit absolute separability Hilbert-Schmidt probability $\approx 0.00365826$

The two-qubit eigenvalue ($\lambda_i$ >= 0, $i=1,\ldots,4$, $\lambda_4=1-\lambda_1-\lambda_2-\lambda_3$) condition of Verstraete, Audenaert, de Bie and de Moor AbsoluteSeparability (p. 6) for ...
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### What experiments can distinguish between mixed and pure states?

To distinguish between a coherent and de-cohered stage of the same system what experiments can provide the answer? The term Experiment is used here in the Bohr-Einstein-debate sense, a realizable ...
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