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For questions related to measurement and its effects as relevant to quantum computation and quantum information.

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$n$ qubit vs. a $d=2^n$ qudit states and measurements

The pure states of a qudit inhabit the $\mathbb{CP}(d-1)$ manifold. Is it true that the pure states of $n$ qubits live on the $\mathbb{CP}(2^n-1)$ manifold? If the answer to the first question is yes,...
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GHZ - measuring particles

I'm referring to an earlier question. It involves secret sharing based on the different measurement directions 3 people i.e Alice Bob and Charlie do. Now there is a block in the referred paper which ...
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Quantum channel representation of projective measurement

Let $P$ be a projector and $Q = I-P$ be its complement. How to find probability $p$ and unitaries $U_1, U_2$ such that for any $\rho$, $P\rho P + Q\rho Q = p U_1\rho U_1^\dagger + (1-p)U_2\rho U_2^\...
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Quantum secret Sharing using GHZ state paper

I am reading a paper on Quantum Secret Sharing Quantum Secret Sharing using GHZ states I have doubts regarding the initial phase of the paper, which are: Let me state what things I read and ...
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Measuring first qubit of Bell state

Let's consider the following Bell state: $$\lvert \Phi^+\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} (\lvert00\rangle + \lvert11\rangle)$$ What would happen if I measure the first qubit in the standard basis and ...
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Understanding a quantum algorithm to estimate inner products

While reading the paper "Compiling basic linear algebra subroutines for quantum computers", here, in the Appendix, the author/s have included a section on quantum inner product estimation. Consider ...
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Why is the application of an oracle function not a measurement?

Why is the application of an oracle function not a measurement, causing the collapse of the system? How can you know the state of the system (the input of the oracle function) without measurement?
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How to determine the minimum number of experiments needed to compute m-many k-local Pauli expectations?

Say I have an algorithm over N qubits and I want to find the expectation value of an operator $O$ composed of a sum of mterms, each of which is the tensor product of some number of single-qubit Pauli ...
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Does the dilation in Naimark's theorem produce a state?

A POVM, as defined for example in (Peres and Wooters 1991), is defined by a set of positive operators $\mu(a)$ satisfying $\sum_a \mu(a)=\mathbb 1$. We do not require the $\mu(a)$ to be projectors, ...
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Shor 9 qubit code — how are the observables measured and eigenvalues obtained during syndrome measurement?

Say we have the Shor 9 qubit code $$|\psi_L\rangle=\tfrac{1}{\sqrt{2^3}}((|000\rangle+|111\rangle)^{\otimes3}+(|000\rangle-|111\rangle)^{\otimes3}),$$ and we have a bit flip error. My lecture notes ...
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Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm as a generalization of Bernstein-Vazirani

It is known that both algorithms use the same gates: $H^{\oplus n}U_fH^{\oplus n}$. After the circuit, the qubits are in the state $\sum_y \left( \sum_x (-1)^{f(x)+xy} \right) |y\rangle $. In DJ's ...
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How to measure a Bell inequality violation in IBM Q?

Note: Cross-posted on Physics SE. I made some circuit to prepare a 2 qubit state, but I am having trouble understanding how to measure Bell's inequality. I know the inequality is of the form $$|E(a,...
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Interpreting results from IBM's processor vs. simulator

I am working with a circuit where I use 4 cables, and perform measurements in all of them. Nevertheless, I am only interested in the results from two cables since the other two are ancillas. When I ...
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Grover's algorithm returns skewed probability distribution

I wrote an implementation of Grover's algorithm that looks like this: ...
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Correct way of expressing a measurement in a different computational basis

Sometimes we find that the result we want from a quantum algorithm is expressed in terms of a basis that is different from the usual computational basis, which I will call $$ B_C = \left\{ \lvert 0 \...
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What is an example of a measurement that is LOCC but not separable?

Could you give me an example of a measurement which is separable but not LOCC (Local Operations Classical Communication)? Given an ensable of states $\rho^{N}$, a separable measurement on it is a POVM ...
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Measuring Ising anyons: What is a fusion measurement?

I have several doubts about measuring Ising anyons. Measurement is crucial for quantum computation and even more so for magic state distillation which is necessary to make Ising anyons universal. ...
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Why can't a quantum computer strongly simulate itself?

We can strongly simulate a quantum circuit if we can estimate the probability of measuring $|0^n\rangle$, say, at the end to within some fixed relative error. Now, by measurement, a quantum ...
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Application of improved compatibility

Note: Cross-posted on Physics SE. It's a standard piece of quantum information theory that noise can be helpful in augmenting compatibility of quantum observables. For example given a qubit state $\...
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How to complete this teleportation circuit? How to create a copy of $|\psi〉$?

This is a quantum circuit. M represents the act of making a measurement on the first two qubits. The circuit is supposed to transfer the state $|\psi\rangle = a |0\rangle + b |1\rangle$ ($a, b \in \...
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How does the actual measurement collapsing an error to an orthogonal basis look like?

An error can be written as a linear combination of $\Bbb I$, $X$, $Z$, $XZ$ Pauli matrices. So when measuring an errand state we aim at collapsing the error into one of these four possibilities. How ...
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What does it mean to perform a measurement in correspondence with different projections?

In error correction, like the bit flip, you perform a measurement which corresponds to different projections so that the outcomes can teach you about the error. What does it mean? How do you actually ...
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Why isn't the circuit performing a measurement in the Bell basis?

Nielsen and Chuang (on page 188 exercise 4.33) says that the circuit including CNOT and Hadamard is performing a measurement in the Bell basis. But I can't see how. The matrix representing the ...
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For CNOT gate with control qubit set to 1, the measured state of the second qubit unexpectedly depends on the measurement

I have the following circuit in qiskit. It is a simple CNOT operation with the control qubit set to 1, by running the control qubit through an X-gate. However, when I measure the 2nd qubit, I get the ...
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Why is measurement needed in teleportation?

One of the postulates of QC is, that measurements in every circuit can be postponed or never performed in a circuit while achieving the same functionality of the circuit (at least this the way I ...
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If a qubit is in $|1\rangle$ state, is it possible to prove that it is in $|1\rangle$ state?

Measuring is clearly not the answer here. Is there some trick to prove it is $|1\rangle$ state?
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Why does $|P_U − P_V |$ equal $\langle \psi |U^{\dagger} M U|\psi\rangle −\langle \psi |V^{\dagger} M V |\psi\rangle$?

In QC and QI by Chuang and Nielsen, they state that the $P_U$ of operation $U$ acting on $\psi$ can be reached by $\langle \psi |U^{\dagger} M U |\psi\rangle$. Where $P_U$ (or $P_V$) is the ...
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Do the probability amplitudes describe the probability of projective measurement?

I don't really know the difference between projective measurement and regular measurement or POVM. Until now, wherever I read about the subject I saw that the amplitude describes the probability of ...
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Where does the Xmon simulator from Googles cirq framework its entropy from?

Measurements create entropy as we all know. But computers themselves are deterministic machines. Most devices use processor heat as a source for random number generation as far as I know - which has ...
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What does simultaneous measurement of a mutually commuting set of observables mean?

If I have a mutually commuting set of observables $\{A, B, C, D,...\}$ and when we talk of simultaneous measurements of these observables, do we mean a single apparatus is required for simultaneous ...
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Do weak measurements (with/without weak values) have any application in quantum computation?

I have seen their applications in quantum state tomography but not in computation as such.
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Optimal strategy to a quantum state game

Consider the following game: I flip a fair coin, and depending on the outcome (either heads/tails), I'll give you one of the following states: $$|0\rangle \text{ or } \cos(x)|0\rangle + \sin(x)|1\...
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Measurement of a qubit and storage of the information on a bit

Suppose we have the quantum circuit below with a quantum register of 2 qubits and a classical register of 2 bits. The Hadamard gates and CNOT gate are not important for the question. When we measure a ...
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Is qubit superposition a basis-dependent concept?

The qubit $a\left|0\right>+b\left|1\right>$ is a superposition w.r.t. the basis $\left\lbrace\left|0\right>,\, \left|1\right>\right\rbrace$ because it may collapse to $\left|0\right>$ ...
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Evaluate the given quantum circuit

The input state on the qubit is $|1\rangle\otimes(2|0\rangle+|1\rangle)$. I am assuming this means that the first qubit has the state $|1\rangle$, and the second qubit has the state $2|0\rangle+|1\...
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What are some examples of measuring qubits in different basis states?

What are some examples of measuring qubits in different basis states (it's known that preferable choices are the computation basis states $|0\rangle$, $|1\rangle$ and the Bell basis states $|+\...
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What is the post measurement state given an input and the outcome measurement?

Given a two-qubit state of equal superposition, what is the post-measurement state (should be the same number of qubits that have changed as a result of the measurement) on one of the two qubits and ...
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How is postselection used in quantum tomography?

I refer to this paper but reproduce a simplified version of their argument. Apologies if I have misrepresented the argument of the paper! Alice has a classical description of a quantum state $\rho$. ...
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Why does state preparation of 'off the shelf' qubits not follow from the Born rule (Mermin)?

In Mermin's Quantum Computer Science, section 1.10 (Measurement gates and state preparation), Mermin writes that: This role of measurement gates in state preparation follows from the Born rule if ...
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Measuring qubits in QuTiP

How can you measure qubits in QuTiP? As far as I have seen you can define a Hamiltonian and let it evolve in time. It is also possible to define a quantum circuit, however, measuring and running it ...
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Measuring but not looking at the result

Once a state is measured, but we don't look at the result, is the state now written as a density matrix, that is, the probability that it could land on a measurement operator multiplied by the ...
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qiskit - Is there any way to discard the results of a measurement?

I have a circuit composed by n qubits, plus a single one which is an ancilla. I'm making multiple measurements on the ancilla at different stages of the circuit, ...
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Measuring order ancilla qubits in surface code

Recently I have been reading about surface codes a little and one thing I came acros was a specific order in which gates should be applied before the ancilla is measured. See for instance figure 2 in ...
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Are projective measurement bases always orthonormal?

Are projective measurement bases always orthonormal?
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Density matrix after measurement on density matrix

Let's say Alice wants to send Bob a $|0\rangle$ with probability .5 and $|1\rangle$ also with probability .5. So after a qubit Alice prepares leaves her lab, the system could be represented by the ...
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Convention for expressing measurement in non-standard basis

If we're measuring in common bases like $|0\rangle$, $|1\rangle$ or $|+\rangle$, $|-\rangle$ we express this by saying we're measuring with $\sigma_z$ or $\sigma_x$, or measuring in the computational ...
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How to measure in the standard basis?

I saw some related topics, but none of them give step by step instructions on measuring in standard basis (or some other basis). Could you please give such instructions? Giving an example would be ...
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Total mutual information of a quantum system

In the discussions about quantum correlations, particularly beyond entanglement (discord, dissonance e.t.c), one can often meet two definitions of mutual information of a quantum system $\rho^{AB}$: ...
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Are the eigenvalues of an observable always -1 and 1?

What are the necessary & sufficient conditions for a matrix to be an observable, and what is the proof that any such matrix has eigenvalues -1 and 1 (if indeed that is the case)? I ask because in ...
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Quantum spin measurement

The state of a spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particle is $|0\rangle$ which is eigenstate of $\sigma_z$. What is the most generalized way to show that the results of any spin measurement along any direction in x-...