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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.

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Query on Reduced Graph States

Reduced graph states are characterized as follows (from page 46 of this paper): Let $A \subseteq V$ be a subset of vertices of a graph $G = (V,E)$ and $B = V\setminus A$ the complement of $A$ in $V$. ...
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Why do we use complex-conjugate instead of complex-conjugate-transpose when calculating the concurrence?

When we use the formula to calculate two-qubit entanglement, like these: $$ C(\rho)=\max \left\{\sqrt{e_{1}}-\sqrt{e_{2}}-\sqrt{e_{3}}-\sqrt{e_{4}}, 0\right\}\tag{18} $$ with the quantities $...
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Tripartite quantum marginal problem

Consider a tripartite quantum system with the three subsystems labeled $A, B,$ and $C$. Now take two states $\rho_{AB}$ on the joint system $AB$ and $\rho_{BC}$ on the joint system $BC$. Under what ...
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Is there a way to write down the eigenstates of this two-qubit density matrix?

I am considering the density matrix which represents an arbitrary state for a pair of qubits. When written out in terms of the Pauli operators, this is as follows (certain terms vanish for another ...
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Is the set of two-qubit absolutely separable states convex?

Companion question on MathOverflow Let us order the four nonnegative eigenvalues, summing to 1, of a two-qubit density matrix ($\rho$) as \begin{equation} 1 \geq x \geq y \geq z \geq (1-x-y-z) \geq 0. ...
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Is there a two-qudit Choi entanglement witness $W^{(+)}$?

Example 2 in arXiv:1811.09896 states that the "Choi EW (entanglement witness) $W^{(+)}$ obtained from the Choi map in $d=3$ $\ldots$ is given by \begin{equation} W^{(+)} = \frac{1}{6} \left( \...
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What proportions of certain sets of PPT-two-retrit states are bound entangled or separable?

For two particular (twelve-and thirteen-dimensional) sets of two-retrit states (corresponding to 9 x 9 density matrices with real off-diagonal entries), I have been able to calculate the Hilbert-...
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Closeness of $\rho$ such that $\text{Tr}(|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|\rho)\le1/2^n+{\cal O}(2^{-2n} )$ for all $|\psi\rangle$ to the maximally mixed state

Consider an $n$ qubit density matrix $\rho$ such that $$\text{Tr}(|\psi\rangle\langle \psi| ~\rho) \leq \frac{1}{2^{n}} + \mathcal{O}\left(\frac{1}{2^{2n}} \right), $$ for every $n$ qubit pure state $|...
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Modeling building blocks for quantum computation

If I would design library for quantum computation I would naively consider a sequences of entangled qudits with unit length as a building blocks. I.e., unit length elements from $$\mathbb{C}^{d_{1}}\...
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Analyzing the composition of a channel with its adjoint in relation with an identical composition obtained for the channel's complement

Let us consider two quantum channels $\Phi:M_d\rightarrow M_{d_1}$ and $\Phi_c:M_d\rightarrow M_{d_2}$ that are complementary to each other, i.e., there exists an isometry $V:\mathbb{C}^d\rightarrow \...
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Pure state ensembles achieving the Holevo $\chi$-quantity with at most $d^2$ states

Theorem 8.10 in Chapter 8 of Theory of Quantum Information asserts that the Holevo capacity of a quantum channel (between density operators on $\mathbb{C}^d$) can be achieved by an ensemble consisting ...
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Reduced Density Matrix Equation of Motion to describe an Ellipse

Given a pure two qubit state $|\psi_{AB}\rangle$. If we trace out system $B$, the remaining density matrix $\rho_A = Tr_B|\psi_{AB}\rangle\langle\psi_{AB}|$, can be represented as a point lying ...
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What does "decoherence attenuates the density matrix" mean?

I'm reading the paper Implementation of the Quantum Fourier Transform. On page 4, they write To a first approximation, decoherence during the course of the QFT attenuates the entire density matrix. ...
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Find the qutrit analogue of certain qubit and ququart formulas of Li and Qiao for testing separability

In eqs. (33), (43)-(46), (56) of their paper, "Separable Decompositions of Bipartite Mixed States" https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.05336, Li and Qiao present a number of formulas pertinent to testing the ...
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Reduced density matrix of a Haar random state and its Schmidt decomposition

Consider a Haar random quantum state $|\psi\rangle$. Note that $$\rho =\mathbb{E}[|\psi\rangle\langle \psi|] = \frac{\mathbb{I}_{n}}{2^{n}}.$$ $\mathbb{I}_n$ is the identity operator on $n$ qubits. ...
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How can a density matrix be prepared on a quantum register?

I am currently trying to implement the VQSE algorithm. There the biggest eigenvalues and their corresponding eigenvectors of a density matrix $\rho$ are computed. In contrast to VQE, the matrix $\rho$ ...
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What is the relation between density matrices and phase-space probability distributions?

According to its tag description, a density matrix is the quantum-mechanical analogue to a phase-space probability measure (probability distribution of position and momentum) in classical statistical ...
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Quantum analogues of information theoretic measures: are log probabilities replaced with the density matrix?

Below is a question and an answer. How does quantum information relate to, diverge from or reduce to Shannon information, which used log probabilities? What people are more often interested in are ...
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Density matrix of spatially (i.e., at the same time instant) vs. causally ( i.e., one evolves into the other) correlated quantum systems

In the classical case, if Y is the output of a classical channel whose input is X, it makes sense to speak of a joint distribution $P_{XY}$. In the quantum case, if a state $\rho_A$ is input to a ...
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Increasing the von Neumann entropy despite the measurement?

Background Assume we have a density matrix $\rho$ of a sub-ensemble. However, we have an imperfect measuring instrument. While it does perform a measurement, we do not know exactly when it performs ...
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Are there different orderings of the fifteen SU(4) generators in common use?

I've recently performed certain analyses (Archipelagos of Total Bound and Free Entanglement) pertaining to eq. (50) in Separable Decompositions of Bipartite Mixed States , that is \begin{equation} ...
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QuTiP VS RK45: Which one gives the correct results for time-dependent systems?

I am writing a code for a quantum thermal machine which includes both coherent and dissipative time evolutions in its different stages of operation. However, evolving the system with "mesolve&...
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Evaluation of Wigner function representation of a Bloch Sphere

Consider Wigner function representation of a qubit in the basis labeled by $\sigma_z$ and $\sigma_x$ eigenvalues. A general single qubit mixed state has the Bloch representation,$\rho = 1/2 (I + r.\...
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Numerical methods for finding an eigen basis of a degenerate Liouvillian

I'm trying to find the steady-state of a master equation, $$\dot{\rho}(t) = \mathcal{L}\rho(t),\tag{1}\label{1}$$ In the form where we vectorise the density matrix and matrixify (??) the Liouvillian ...
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Which state describes carrier transport through channel? A mixed state or a pure state?

A pure quantum state is a state which can be described by a single ket vector. A mixed quantum state is a statistical ensemble of pure states. When carriers transport from source to drain in a Field ...
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Finding Wigner function of four maximal entangled Bell state

How can we find a Wigner function for the four maximally entangled Bell states $(|00\rangle \pm |11\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$, $(|01\rangle \pm |10\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$? I have used the basis where labels for ...