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)

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
3answers
560 views

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, ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
383 views

Can we combine the square roots inside the definition of the fidelity?

The (Uhlmann-Jozsa) 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 ...
4
votes
1answer
151 views

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) := \...
13
votes
2answers
942 views

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.
8
votes
2answers
717 views

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. ...
7
votes
1answer
269 views

Quantum circuit for computing fidelity

Suppose we use Uhlmann-Jozsa fidelity $$ F(\rho, \sigma):=\left(\mathrm{tr}\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho}\sigma\sqrt{\rho}}\right)^2. $$ Can we construct a quantum circuit that helps us calculate the fidelity of ...
10
votes
2answers
369 views

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 \...
4
votes
1answer
226 views

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-...
1
vote
1answer
185 views

Simulate a quantum channel with a certain fidelity

I am looking for an easy-to-use framework for simulating a quantum channel that can accept the desired average fidelity of the channel as input. For example, if I want a channel with 98% average ...
4
votes
1answer
189 views

How to calculate the average fidelity of an amplitude damping channel

An answer to this question shows how to calculate the average fidelity of a depolarizing channel. How would one go about calculating this for an amplitude dampening channel? I tried working out the ...
3
votes
1answer
149 views

Prove the fidelity can be written in terms of Pauli expectation values as ${\rm tr}(\rho\sigma)=\sum_k \chi_\rho(k)\chi_\sigma(\rho)$

I am reading through "Direct Fidelity Estimation from Few Pauli Measurements" and it states that the measure of fidelity between a desired pure state $\rho$ and an arbitrary state $\sigma$ ...
3
votes
1answer
194 views

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. $$ \mathrm{tr}(AU) = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|VU)| = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|^{1/2}|A|^{1/2}VU)| $$ ...
2
votes
0answers
43 views

What is the best method for estimating average channel fidelity?

This thesis shows an efficient way to estimate average channel fidelity (in chapter 4). However, it is somewhat old (from 2005). Are there any better methods out there? By better I mean: are there ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

How can I find the fidelity of the preparation operation $|0\rangle$ of IBMQ?

I want to know the fidelity (or error rate) of the preparation of $|0\rangle$. How can I obtain it?