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For questions about the usage of, origin of or reasons for specific notation used in the context of quantum computing.

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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 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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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 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 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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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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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\...