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What is the Helstrom measurement?

I have been reading the paper Belief propagation decoding of quantum channels by passing quantum messages by Joseph Renes for decoding Classical-Quantum channels and I have crossed with the concept of ...
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Why can I apply $HS^\dagger$ and then measure in the computational basis to measure $Y$?

I come from a CS background I was reading Neven and Farhi's paper ("Classification with Quantum Neural Networks on near Term Processors"), and I am trying to implement the subset parity problem using ...
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How to perform quantum state tomography on two qubits?

I would like to do a quantum tomography on two qubit states. Recently, I successfully did so for one qubit based on Nielsen-Chuang. They advise to use this formula for one qubit density operator ...
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What is the result of measuring $\sigma_x$ on the state $|01\rangle+|10\rangle$?

I confused about how to calculate the probabilities and getting a certain result of measuring Bell's states with Pauli matrices as the operator. When you measure something, the state involved would be ...
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How can I build a circuit to generate an equal superposition of 3 outcomes for 2 qubits?

Given a $2$ qubit-system and thus $4$ possible measurements results in the basis $\{|00\rangle$, $|01\rangle$, $|10\rangle$, $|11\rangle\}$, how can I prepare the state, where: only $3$ of these $4$ ...
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Circuit for VQE Expectation Value Finding

I'm looking into the circuit for the VQE, but am stumped at how we can identify the expectation value of the Pauli series. Essentially, how do we find: $$ \langle \psi | H_i | \psi \rangle $$ Given $...
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How does measurement of one qubit affect the others?

To represent a quantum computer's state, all the qubits contribute to one state vector (this is one of the major differences between quantum and classical computing as I understand it). My ...
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What does "measurement in a certain basis" mean?

In the Wikipedia article about Bell states it is written: Independent measurements made on two qubits that are entangled in Bell states positively correlate perfectly, if each qubit is measured in ...
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Given a state $|\phi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle+e^{i\theta}|1\rangle)$, how do I know the angle $\theta$?

Question1. If there is a state $|\phi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle+e^{i\theta}|1\rangle)$, and I want to know the angle $\theta$. What kind of measurement should I do? Could somebody give me ...
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If all quantum gates must be unitary, what about measurement?

All quantum operations must be unitary to allow reversibility, but what about measurement? Measurement can be represented as a matrix, and that matrix is applied to qubits, so that seems equivalent to ...
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How to measure in another basis

I am new to qiskit and I have to simulate a quantum circuit. I read this documentation https://qiskit.org/textbook/ch-states/single-qubit-gates.html where it is left as an exercise to the reader to ...
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Transformation matrix for a two-qubit operation where there are more than two qubits

I have an OPENQASM program that performs entanglement swapping. It has five qubits: the data qubit and four link qubits. It works, but I want to see the details of the Bell measurement transformation. ...
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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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Are three POVM measurements on a single qubit physically realizable?

In Nielsen and Chuang Quantum Computation and Quantum Information book section 2.2.6, a POVM of three elements are used to measure a single qubit in order to know for sure whether the state is $|0\...
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Are true Projective Measurements possible experimentally?

I have heard various talks at my institution from experimentalists (who all happened to be working on superconducting qubits) that the textbook idea of true "Projective" measurement is not what ...
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Projective vs general measurements - a missing piece

This may be a very basic and common question (also discussed a lot), but strikingly enough I couldn't find the answer in the books or elsewhere. The projective measurement is given by the PVM on the ...
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How is it possible to guess what state the qubit was in by measuring it?

Let's say that the qubit is in the state $\psi = \alpha|0\rangle+\beta|1\rangle$. We want to find out the values $\alpha$ and $\beta$. If we measure it in, say, the standard basis, then the outcome we ...
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Are there any algorithms that take measurements in an intermediate step?

As a beginner in quantum computation, I noticed that all quantum algorithms take various gates followed by measuring the qubits in the last step. Is it always the case? Are there any algorithms that ...
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How is measurement modelled when using the density operator?

I've just learned about the density operator, and it seems like a fantastic way to represent the branching nature of measurement as simple algebraic manipulation. Unfortunately, I can't quite figure ...
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VQE Cirq example

Is my understanding correct that in this example the Hamiltonian measurement is not performed through measuring individual Pauli operators because all its terms are mutually commuting? So, for each ...
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Measuring in standard basis meaning

What does it mean to measure a qubit (or multiple qubits) in standard basis?
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Problem with quantum tomography on two qubits

With reference to question on how to do quantum tomography on two qubits, I would like to ask you for help again. I tried to do the tomography on state \begin{equation}\psi=\frac{1}{2}\begin{pmatrix}...
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Why does a controlled gate not constitute a measurement?

I have recently listened to a talk on quantum computing and was fascinated to learn about IBM Q Experience. Between the explanations in the User Guide and in Nielsen's book, I came to the following ...
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Realization of Quantum Shadowgraphy

I recently found out about shadowgraphy and was wondering if a technique like this could be used to: Visually show entanglement Suffice as a measure (e.g. continous partial trace) Most useful ...
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How to measure a qubit Hamiltonian in qiskit

I am using qiskit to get some measurement results of observables similar to the Hamiltonian. Can someone provide the way how qiskit measures the Hamiltonian (Jordan-Wigner transformed) when using VQE? ...
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Bit Flip, Seperable state and Several Question about Cirq

1)I want to use noise model for my state and bit_flip is not defined on cirq. ...
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Trouble understanding the EPR Experiment

I fail to understand the EPR experiment. From Wikipedia: Alice now measures the spin along the z-axis. She can obtain one of two possible outcomes: +z or −z. Suppose she gets +z. Informally speaking, ...
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How to calculate an Expected Value of some operator acting on qubits?

I'm trying to implement the Variational Quantum Eigensolver in Qiskit. Suppose, I have an operator $A = \sigma_1^z\sigma_2^z$ acting on some two-qubit state $|\psi\rangle$. After a measurement I get ...
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When increase the shot, why the result is different?

when I measure the shot = 1024 when I measure the shot = 8192 I want to derive result value 011(=3) However, I know if measure the more shots, increase the accuracy. why this result derive??? why ...
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Qiskit - Z expectation value from counts?

For a given state $|\psi\rangle$, how would I work out $\langle\psi|Z|\psi\rangle$ ? If I run a quantum circuit and get the counts dictionary on qiskit, I get observables in the Z basis. For n=1 ...
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What's the observable when measuring multiple qubits in the computational basis?

In Nielsen and Chuang (Quantum Computing and Quantum Information) the following definition is given to a projective measurement: Projective measurements are described by an observable $M$: $$M = \...
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Calculating bipartite state from joint probability distribution

We can calculate single qubit state by measuring it in pauli observables {$\sigma_{x},\sigma_{y},\sigma_{z}$} and then looking at its probability distribution. How to do this when we are having joint ...
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How to measure in the bell basis?

The question is quite straightforward, I have some two qubit state and I want to measure it in the Bell basis. This question answers me partly, but I still have some doubts because, I thought that ...
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Question About How Qiskit Reset Gate Affects Other Entangled Qubits

I am trying to understand how the reset gate in Qiskit affects qubits its entangled with. Consider the following circuit with qubits $q_0$ and $q_1$: Where circuit240 takes $|0\rangle$ to $a|0\rangle ...
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Are there any experimental groups currently measuring quantum contextuality?

I work as a theorist with my current research interests in "quantum contextuality". For those perusing the question, this is essentially a generalization of non-locality where we can show a quantum ...
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Is it true that observing a quantum state will end the superposition of states? How can I not observe?

I have no background in quantum physics, and no understanding of most formulas used in this context. I'm not looking for an in depth answer, i'd just like to vaguely understand the concept. The way i ...
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Implementation of filter operation

If I want to implement the measurement operation corresponding to filtering, i.e. $$ M_1=\left(\begin{array}{cc}1 & 0 \\ 0 & \alpha \end{array}\right)\qquad M_2=\left(\begin{array}{cc}0 & ...
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Measuring ancillas in Shor's algorithm

When considering Shor's algorithm, we use ancilla qubits to effectively obtain the state $$\sum_x \left|x,f(x)\right>$$ for the function $f(x) = a^x \mod N$. As I have learned it, we then measure ...
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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 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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How can measuring a particle in a GHZ state leave behind a maximally entangled pair?

I am trying to understand the section on the Wikipedia page for GHZ states entitled "Pairwise entanglement". In this section, it is claimed that measuring the third particle in a GHZ state ...
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How to show whether two states are indistinguishable or not by measuring in a different basis?

I'm struggling with understanding a bit of basic quantum mechanics math that I was hoping someone could clarify. If I have two states such as these: $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle+|1\rangle)$$ and ...
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Showing measurement of a Hermitian Unitary operator gives final states as eigenvectors

This is related to exercise 4.34, The operation described can be written as $(H \otimes I)C^1(U)(H \otimes I)(|0\rangle \otimes |\psi\rangle)$ I can get to the point where the state of the system is ...
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What does the POVM corresponding to single-qubit state tomography look like?

Let $\rho$ be a single-qubit state. A standard way to characterise $\rho$ is to measure the expectation values of the Pauli matrices, that is, to perform projective measurements in the three mutually ...
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What is the relation between observables (as defined in the measure-theoretic framework) and POVMs?

A POVM is typically defined as a collection of operators $\{\mu(a)\}_{a\in\Sigma}$ with $\mu(a)\in\mathrm{Pos}(\mathcal X)$ positive operators such that $\sum_{a\in\Sigma}\mu(a)=I$, where I take here $...
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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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How does a projective measurement distinguish between two states in a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space?

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a $d$ -dimensional Hilbert space, and let $|\psi\rangle,|\phi\rangle \in \mathcal{H}$ be two quantum states. Show that if $|\psi\rangle$ and $|\phi\rangle$ are orthogonal, then ...
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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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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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How to distinguish between collapsed and uncertain qubits in a quantum circuit?

I have been through the Young's double slit experiment. It's a direct proof or instance of showing that a wave is collapsed via observation or measurement, and shows no interference patterns. I want ...