# Questions tagged [fidelity]

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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### 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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### 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 ...
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 ...