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In quantum information theory, fidelity is a measure of the "closeness" of two quantum states. It expresses the probability that one state will pass a test to identify as the other. The fidelity is not a metric on the space of density matrices, but it can be used to define the Bures metric on this space. (Wikipedia)

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Fidelity of extensions of states

Given two states $\rho_A, \sigma_A$, Uhlmann's theorem states that the fidelity between them is achieved in the following way $$F(\rho_A, \sigma_A) = \max_{U_{R'}}F(\rho_{AR'}, (I\otimes U_{R'})\...
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In Uhlmann's theorem, should the polar decomposition be written as $A=|A|V$ or $A=V|A|$?

In the proof of Uhlmann's theorem, the book writes the polar decomposition: $A = |A|V$, with $|A| = \sqrt{A^\dagger A}$. Shouldn't it be $V|A|$ instead? The former case is $A^\dagger A = V^\dagger|A||...
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Closeness of purifications of states

Uhlmann's theorem states that if two states $\rho_A, \sigma_A$ satisfy $F(\rho_A, \sigma_A)\geq 1 - \varepsilon$, then there for any purification $\Psi_{AR}$ of $\rho_A$, one can find a purification $\...
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Properties of composition of isometry and a perturbed adjoint

Suppose $\vert\Phi\rangle_{AR} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{|D|}}\sum_{i\in D} \vert ii\rangle_{AR}$ is the maximally entangled state. Let $V_{A\rightarrow BE}$ and $\tilde{V}_{A\rightarrow BE}$ be two isometries ...
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Non-ideal coin tossing

Can someone please check if the following makes sense? We have a non-ideal coin-tossing scheme as follows. Alice and Bob know what $|0\rangle,|1\rangle$ are. Bob wins when the coin is 1. Honest Alice ...
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Non-ideal bit commitment and coin tossing

Can someone please explain rigorously the reasoning behing non-ideal ($\epsilon$-concealing and $\delta$-binding) bit commitment scheme and the impossibility of coin tossing. What is bias in coin ...
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The proof of monotonicity of fidelity for channels and its meaning

I have two questions regarding the exercise 9.2.8 of Quantum information by Wilde, which is as follows: Let $\rho,\sigma \in \mathcal{D}(\mathcal{H}_A)$ and let $\mathcal{N: L(H}_A)\rightarrow \...
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How do I compute the fidelity on the IBM Q using qiskit without the statevector simulator?

I want to compare the fidelity of a circuit implemented on IBMQ Santiago with the ideal circuit simulated using the statevector backend. Is there a way to do this? So far I have only seen examples ...
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Is there any way we get the state vector/density matrix of a noisy simulation in qiskit?

In Qiskit we can't use noise models in the 'state vector_simulator' or the 'unitary simulator', hence making it impossible to compute fidelity of the output of the noisy circuit and the noiseless ...
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Given $\rho,\sigma$ such that $F(\rho,\sigma)=0$, what can we say about $F(\text{Tr}_A(\rho),\text{Tr}_B(\sigma))$?

Lets say $\rho,\sigma$ satisfy $F(\rho,\sigma)=0$, i.e., they are quantum states living on orthogonal supports. What can we say about $F(\text{Tr}_A(\rho),\text{Tr}_B(\sigma))$? I am looking for upper ...
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What is the intuition behind Bures and angle metrics?

I am reading Distance measures to compare real and ideal quantum processes and it is explained the motivation behind Bures metric and angle metric. Bures metric is defined as: $$B(\rho,\sigma)=\sqrt{2-...
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Calculating fidelity for mixed states: are there tricks or it is “brute force” calculations?

The fidelity between two density matrix $\rho$ and $\sigma$ is the following: $$F(\rho,\sigma)=\operatorname{Tr}\left[\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho} \sigma \sqrt{\rho}} \right]^2$$ If one of the two state is a ...
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What does quantum gate fidelity mean?

The formal definition states that it's the distance between two quantum states. What does that mean experimentally? Does distance here mean the distance between two states on the Bloch Sphere? I am a ...
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Definition of quantum min-relative entropy

In John Watrous' lectures, he defines the quantum min-relative entropy as $$D_{\min}(\rho\|\sigma) = -\log(F(\rho, \sigma)^2),$$ where $F(\rho,\sigma) = tr(\sqrt{\rho\sigma})$. Here, I use this ...
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What can be inferred about the closeness of reduced qubit states from the closeness of the bipartite quantum state?

Given a qubit state $|\psi\rangle \in \mathcal{H}$, and two bipartite general mixed states $\rho$ and $\sigma$, such that, $$\langle \psi|\otimes \langle \psi|\rho - \sigma |\psi\rangle \otimes |\psi \...
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Can the fidelity $F(\rho,\sigma)$ be computed knowing only $\rho - \sigma$?

The motivation for this question comes from trace distance. For any two states $\rho, \sigma$, the trace distance $T(\rho, \sigma)$ is given by $$T(\rho, \sigma) = |\rho - \sigma|_1,$$ where $|\cdot|...
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Saturating the Fuchs-van de Graaf inequality

It is well-known that one side of the Fuchs-van de Graaf inequality is saturated for pure states, i.e. $F(\rho,\sigma)^2 = 1-d(\rho,\sigma)^2$ when $\rho$ and $\sigma$ are pure (here we are using the ...
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What can be said about the closeness of two states if the difference of their fidelity measured with respect to a fixed state is close to 0?

Suppose I have two states $\rho$ and $\sigma$. We are given that, $$Tr((\rho - \sigma)|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|) \geq \epsilon$$ where $|\psi\rangle$ is a fixed state and $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$, ...
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What is a difference between error rates and qubit/gate fidelity?

What is a difference between error rates and qubit/gate fidelity? A bit of maths in the explanation is fine but I am an A Level student doing a research project so definitions would be preferred.
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Why does the state fidelity satisfy $\operatorname{tr}|\sqrt{\rho}\sqrt{\sigma}|=\operatorname{tr}\sqrt{\sigma^{1/2}\rho\sigma^{1/2}}$?

Given the the two states $\rho$ and $\sigma$ of a quantum system, with $|\psi\rangle$ and $|\varphi\rangle$ as their purification respectively, the fidelity is defined as: $$F(\rho,\sigma)=\max_{|\...
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Joint Concavity of (Root) Fidelity

I have some problem in understanding the proof of the concavity of root fidelity given in Chapter 9.2 of Mark M. Wilde's "Quantum Information Theory". Here, the fidelity is defined by $F(\...
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Fidelity With Bell State Calculation

Let's say I have the following state: $$ |\psi\rangle = \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}} |0000\rangle_{a_1b_1a_2b_2} + \sqrt{\frac{1}{6}} \big( |0011\rangle_{a_1b_1a_2b_2} + |1100\rangle_{a_1b_1a_2b_2} \big). $$ I ...
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Is the quantum state fidelity defined as $F(\rho, \sigma)=\text{tr}\sqrt{\rho^{1/2}\sigma\rho^{1/2}}$ or its square?

I have seen two different definition of Fidelity in different sources. For example, Nielsen & Chuang QCQI, 10th edition, page 409 defines Fidelity like the following: $$ F(\rho, \sigma) := \...
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How to calculate state fidelity in Qiskit?

I have a circuit with different structures, now I'm trying to calculate the fidelity between those with the original one. How do I calculate the fidelity? I want also to initialize the state vector by ...
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How can I find the fidelity of preparation?

I want to know the fidelity (or error rate) of the preparation ($|0\rangle$) How can I have it?
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Can we combine the square roots inside the definition of the fidelity?

The (Uhlmann-Josza) fidelity of quantum states $\rho$ and $\sigma$ is defined to be $$F(\rho, \sigma) := \left(\mathrm{tr} \left[\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho} \sigma \sqrt{\rho}} \right]\right)^2.$$ However, as ...
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Which of the Jozsa axioms does the Hilbert-Schmidt inner product violate?

The paper Quantum fidelity measures for mixed states considers various differently-normalized variants of the Hilbert-Schmidt inner product $\mathrm{Tr}(A^\dagger B)$ on linear operators as candidate ...
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Can I compute the fidelity between two states without having to diagonalise them?

So I have been given the following quantum states: $$\rho = \frac{I}{2} + \frac{\bar{s}.\bar{\sigma}}{2}$$ $$\pi = \frac{I}{2} + \frac{\bar{r}.\bar{\sigma}}{2}$$ How do I calculate the fidelity ...
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What is the difference between the “Fubini-Study distances” $\arccos|\langle\psi|\phi\rangle|$ and $\sqrt{1-|\langle\psi|\phi\rangle|}$?

I sometimes see the "Fubini-Study distance" between two (pure) states $|\psi\rangle,|\phi\rangle$ written as $$ d(\psi,\phi)_1=\arccos(|\langle\psi|\phi\rangle|), $$ for example in the Wikipedia page. ...
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What are the “nice” properties of the diamond norm and why is it used?

I have heard about the diamond norm, and from what I understood it is a "nice" tool to quantify quality of quantum gates in the NISQ era. I would like to know a little more before going in detail in ...
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Does higher channel fidelity imply higher entanglement fidelity?

Consider two noisy quantum channels (CPTP maps), $\Phi_1^A$ and $\Phi_2^A$, acting on a system $A$. Suppose that for any pure state $\left|\psi\right>\in \mathcal H_A$, $$ F\big(\psi, \Phi_1^A(\psi)...
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On the distribution of the fidelity of a random product state with an arbitrary many-qubit state

Consider an arbitrary $n$-qubit state $\lvert \psi \rangle$. How much do we understand about the probability distribution of the fidelity of $\lvert \psi \rangle$ with a tensor product $\lvert \alpha \...
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Is phase factor negligible in fidelity of quantum states?

One well-known fidelity is defined as $(Tr\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho}\sigma\sqrt{\rho}})^2$. And for pure states, fidelity is always in the form $|\langle\psi|\phi\rangle|^2$. As we know, in the context of two-...
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What would be an ideal fidelity measure to determine the closeness between two non unitary matrices?

The Hibert Schmidt norm $\mathrm {tr}(A^{\dagger}B)$ works well for unitaries. It has a value of one when the matrices are equal and less than one otherwise. But this norm is absolutely unsuitable for ...
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What does fidelity mean?

I am learning qiskit software and this term keeps popping up and I am unable to get a grasp on the technical definition given by wikipedia. For example, the functions state fidelity and process ...
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How to calculate the fidelity of a certain gate of a IBMQ device in Qiskit using randomized benchmarking/tomography?

For example, I want to calculate the fidelity of a 1-qubit and 2-qubit gates (similar to the result shown in figure 2 in this paper). Is there any way to do that in Qiskit? I've gone through the ...
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Are there disadvantages in using the inner product between states instead of the fidelity?

Would there be any disadvantages of using inner product, that is, $\mathrm{Tr}(A^{\dagger}B)$ (say making it, $\mathrm{Tr}(\sqrt A \sqrt B)$ to normalise) to quantify how far two quantum states are ...
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Proving the inequality $|\mathrm{tr}(AU)|\le \mathrm{tr}|A|$ in Uhlmann's theorem

In Nielsen and Chuang, in the Fidelity section, (Lemma 9.5, page 410 in the 2002 edition), they prove the following. $$ \mathrm{tr}(AU) = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|VU)| = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|^{1/2}|A|^{1/2}VU)| $$ ...
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How to implement the mixed quantum state fidelity in a quantum circuit?

Suppose we use Uhlmann-Josza fidelity $F(\rho, \sigma):=(\mathrm{tr}\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho}\sigma\sqrt{\rho}})^2$, can we construct a quantum circuit that help us to calculate the fidelity of two mixed ...
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Intuitive role of the polar decomposition in proof of Uhlmann's theorem for fidelity

I have read the Wikipedia article which relates the polar decomposition to a complex number being split into its modulus and phase but this analogy isn't very intuitive to me. In Nielsen and Chuang, ...
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How can I calculate the inner product of two quantum registers of different sizes?

I found an algorithm that can compute the distance of two quantum states. It is based on a subroutine known as swap test (a fidelity estimator or inner product of two state, btw I don't understand ...
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How to find the fidelity between two state when one is an operator?

I am going through Nielsen and Chuang and am finding the chapter on error-correction particularly confusing. At the moment I am stuck on exercise 10.12 which states Show that the fidelity between the ...
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Do avoided crossings / CTs /ZEFOZs optimize quantum fidelity in practice?

CTs / ZEFOZs: Energy level structures that include avoided crossings at accessible energies tend to be resilient to noise and therefore present high coherence times, at least in the case of spin ...
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What is the longest time a qubit has survived with 0.9999 fidelity?

I am pretty intrigued by the record time that a qubit has survived.
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Purpose of using Fidelity in Randomised Benchmarking

Often, when comparing two density matrices, $\rho$ and $\sigma$ (such as when $\rho$ is an experimental implementation of an ideal $\sigma$), the closeness of these two states is given by the quantum ...