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What does $\lvert \psi \rangle$ mean?

What does the notation $|\psi\rangle$ mean and how does it relate to the notation $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$? Does $\psi$ have some connection to the one found in Shroedinger's equation?
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Input and output qubit notation in quantum gates

I am new to quantum computing and I am having trouble understanding the notation used for input/output qubits in quantum gates. I will use the CNOT gate as an example. In several (most) references I'...
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Notation question: How would one read $|0\rangle (|0\rangle+|0\rangle)$?

For example in Deutsch's Algorithm, we apply $H$ to $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ respectively. I have seen the notation this result in the state: $$\frac{1}{2}(|0\rangle+|1\rangle)(|0\rangle-|1\rangle)$...
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How to write the map $\mathbb C\ni z\mapsto zv$ in bra-ket notation?

As part of a course, I've been asked to write a map $C\rightarrow H,z \rightarrow zv$ for $v \in H=C^3\otimes C^2$, $v=[1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1]$ in bra-ket notation. However, I never written such a map ...
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How to compute the average value $\langle X_1 Z_2\rangle$ for a two-qubit system?

Show that the average value of the observable $X_1Z_2$ in a two-qubit system measured in the state $(|00\rangle + |11\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$ is zero. How would we approach this question? I understand ...
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Representing a Bell measurement on non adjacent qubits

I have a state $${|\psi\rangle} = s {\Bigl(|1\rangle_1|1\rangle_2-|0\rangle_1|0\rangle_2\Bigr)}\otimes{\Bigl(|0\rangle_3|1\rangle_4-|1\rangle_3|0\rangle_4\Bigr)}\otimes{\Bigl(|0\rangle_5|1\rangle_6-|1\...
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Which is the correct depiction of a qubit before it collapses?

Which is the correct depiction of a qubit state showing the possibilities before it collapses? Is it like: MODEL 1: 1000 0100 0010 0001 MODEL 2: 1000 0100 0010 0001 0111 1011 1101 1110 MODEL 3: ...
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Writing the notation when gates act on non successive registers

Suppose I have registers $|a\rangle^{l}|b\rangle^{l} |c\rangle^{l}$ and want an adder mod $l$ gate between the $a$ and $c$ registers. Let $R$ be the adder mod $l$ gate. So is this the correct ...
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Kronecker notation of an operator

Suppose I have the state $|A\rangle=|x\rangle^l\otimes |y\rangle^l \otimes |z\rangle^l \otimes |0\rangle_x^l\otimes |0\rangle_y^l\otimes |0\rangle_z^l$. I perform the transformation between the $|x\...
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Circuit construction and Dirac notation of the following operation

I have a state $$ |\tilde{\Phi_2}\rangle =\dfrac{1}{2^{3l/2}}\sum_{x=0}^{2^l-1}\sum_{y=0}^{2^l-1}\sum_{z=0}^{2^l-1}|0\rangle^{\otimes q}\otimes |x\rangle^{\otimes l}\otimes |y\rangle^{\otimes l}\...
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Resources for quantum computing which do not use Dirac notation

What are some introductory textbooks and resources on quantum computing that do not use Dirac-notation, but rather ordinary mathematical notation (i.e. the notation used by mathematicians to represent ...
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What does it mean to express a gate in Dirac notation?

When discussing the Dirac notation of an operator, for example, let's just say we have the bit flip gate $X$ if we want to write this in the Dirac notation does that just mean writing it as follows? $...
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Writing the transformation matrix for the following in terms of Kronecker products of elementary 2-qubit gates

I have a set of transformations that transforms $|11001\rangle\to |10101\rangle$ which is basically keeping the leftmost qubit as it is and then it is just the CNOT between the successive qubits, I ...
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How does bra-ket notation work?

Quantum algorithms frequently use bra-ket notation in their description. What do all of these brackets and vertical lines mean? For example: $|ψ⟩=α|0⟩+β|1⟩$ While this is arguably a question about ...
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What is the meaning of writing a state in its Bloch representation?

What is the meaning of writing a state $|\psi\rangle$ in its Bloch representation. Would I be correct in saying it's just writing out its Bloch vector?
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Notation for two qubit composite product state

In my lecture notes on quantum information processing my lecturer gives an example of composite systems as $|\phi\rangle=|0\rangle |0\rangle=|00\rangle$. I understand that if we have two qubits then ...
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Why is correlation in the $X$ basis represented as $X\otimes X = 1$?

As far as I know, correlation of two qubits in the $X$ basis implies that under a simultaneous bit flip, the composite quantum state must be invariant. For instance, $A$ and $B$ can be said to be ...
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What is the meaning of the state $|1\rangle-|1\rangle$?

I don't understand it. But suppose you have a state of two qubits in superposition and it looks like $|10\rangle-|11\rangle$. Now you have in your circuits two gates one is a controlled-NOT from the ...
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What is the notational convention for the single-qubit states $\lvert0\rangle\pm i\lvert1\rangle$?

The features of major search engines (looking at you, google!) prevent me from searching for an answer to this question, so I will poll the community here. Is the state $|{\pm} i\rangle$ generally ...
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Qiskit gates in LaTeX representation: notation meaning [duplicate]

I started working in Qiskit, and here is an example of how gates of a circuit are represented graphically in LaTeX format: Obviously, $R_y(\theta)$, is a y rotation by a certain angle. But all the ...
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Is there a place online where I can catch up with all the notational syntax associated with quantum computing?

There is a vast amount of new notations which would be new even to Ph.D. in math. How on Earth can I catch up with all of this? Is there a place online which is devoted to the QC syntax? I would ...
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How to read Dirac notation (without algebra)?

I have no idea how to read Dirac notation. $$\left|↑↑ \right\rangle \tag{1}$$ $$\left|↑↓\right\rangle+\left|↓↑\right\rangle \tag{2}$$ $$\left|↑↓\right\rangle-\left|↓↑\right\rangle \tag{3}$$ $$\left|↓...
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Notation for two entangled registers

Suppose I have two registers x and y, of length m and n bits respectively. I want to initialize my system to contain an equal superposition of all $2^{n+m}$ states, then apply an oracle function (in ...
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What do we mean by the notation $\lvert \mathbf{x}, 0\rangle$?

In quantum computation, a common operation performed between two quantum states is the tensor product, which allows us to create a new and higher-dimensional state from two lower-dimensional states. ...
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Problem with the mathematical formulation of “qubitization”

In this research paper, the authors introduce a new algorithm to perform Hamiltonian simulation. The beginning of their abstract is Given a Hermitian operator $\hat{H} = \langle G\vert \hat{U} \...
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A question about notation for quantum states

I am reading an article on representation of digital images using qubits. But I am not able to understand the notations of the article. Can somebody help me: $|0\rangle$: It means the first basis ...
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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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Quantum states are unit vectors… with respect to which norm?

The most general definition of a quantum state I found is (rephrasing the definition from Wikipedia) Quantum states are represented by a ray in a finite- or infinite-dimensional Hilbert space over ...
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What does quantum error correction code notation stand for?

I understand the notation for classical error correcting codes. E.g., "Hamming(7,4)" stands for a Hamming code that uses 7 bits to encode blocks of 4 bits. What does the notation for quantum error ...
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What does the notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$ mean?

I recently read hand-written notes about the "secret mask" or "secret string" algorithm (which I can't share here) with the following notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$, i.e. a letter with a line ...
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What do double wires mean in quantum circuits, and how do they relate to if statements?

The circuit can be translated to the following code: ...