Questions tagged [pauli-gates]

For questions about Pauli matrices in general or Pauli gates in particular, as relevant to quantum computing and/or quantum information theory. The Pauli matrices are a set of three 2 × 2 complex matrices which are Hermitian and unitary. The three Pauli gates are: Pauli-X gate, Pauli-Y gate & Pauli-Z gate. X = {{0,1},{1,0}}; Y = {{0,-i},{i,0}}; Z = {{1,0},{0,-1}}.

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Benefit of phase shift in quantum computing

I am new to quantum computing. I compare Pauli-X gate and Pauli-Y gate as equivalent to NOT gate in classical computers. Though I am not very sure when to use Pauli-X and Pauli-Y gates as the result ...
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Can QAOA be considered as simulation of a quantum annealer on a gate-based quantum computer?

Quantum annealers are single purpose machines allowing to solve quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) problems. QUBO problems have following objective function: $$ F=-\sum_{i<j}J_{ij}...
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How do I visualize the action of Pauli $X$ and $Y$ gates on $|0\rangle$?

I visualize Pauli Gates making rotations by π radians about the x, y, and z axes on the Bloch sphere. If this is the case, then how Pauli-X and Pauli-Y gates applied to $|0\rangle$ differ? As both ...
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In Variational Quantum Eigensolvers, what does “grouping Pauli operators into tensor products requiring the same post-rotations” mean?

In this paper (nature version), the authors state We group the Pauli operators into tensor product basis sets that require the same post-rotations. As a result, they have the table S2 in the suppl. ...
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CNOT expressed with CZ and H gates by taking into account HZH =X

From this link: Where equation 1 is: I can probably brute-force this by explicitly calculating this quantum circuit's effective 4x4 matrix and seeing that its equivalent to this teleportation ...
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Principal square root of Pauli Y gate in Qiskit?

I've seen a similar question asked (How do I compute the square root of the $Y$ gate?) but I'm trying to understand how I can use the gates $Y^{\frac{1}{2}}$ or $Y^{\frac{1}{4}}$ in Qiskit in terms of ...
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controlled-Z rotation gates in symmetrical fashion

I was going through the qiskit textbook and in this chapter, i came across a statement under the topic "Kickback with the T-gate" related to the Controlled-Z gate that "the controlled-...
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Changing the Basis

I am attempting to use a VQE algorithm to find the ground state of a deuterium nucleus by applying a constructed hamiltonian to an ansatz state with one parameter created by a circuit. While I am ...
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Is there a function in Qiskit to measure tensor products of Pauli operators?

Is there a function in Qiskit similar to this function in Q# which measures strings of Pauli operators applied to different qubits?
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Can you take infinitely many square roots of Pauli-X?

I am trying to find the cost for a n-bit Toffoli gate based on the recurrent circuit presented on Barenco's Work in Lemma 7.5 (Elementary gates for quantum computation) The construction requires that ...
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Why do we transform a Boolean variable into a a Pauli Z matrix

Under Qiskit QAOA's tutorial (https://qiskit.org/textbook/ch-applications/qaoa.html), the authors specify that a cost function $C(x)$ representing the optimization objective of a Binary Combinatorial ...
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What are boost and shift operators and why are they called so?

In some texts I see $X$ and $Z$ Pauli operators as being said as boost and shift operators respectively. But I came across some text that defines its own operators, namely: $$ X \vert j\rangle = \...
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What do coupling coefficients mean in terms of Pauli gates, and why are they time dependent?

Hi I am reading this error mitigation paper by the IBM team and I am slightly confused about the meaning of "coupling coefficients" when describing multi-qubit Hamiltonian. I have only seen coupling ...
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Generalized set of Pauli elements for a basis for the linear transformations on the vector space [duplicate]

I have been doing some practice problems from "Gentle introduction to Quantum Computing". I am a little bit lost with this one: The generalized Pauli group $\mathcal G_n$ is defined by all elements ...
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What would the CHSH inequality be equal to if the two qubits were separable?

I am writing an Excel spreadsheet to work through the matrix algebra for a simple Bell's game with the following parameters. $$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1|}\newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}A_\pm = ...
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VQE: Can I build a non-hermitian Hamiltonian with just Pauli matrices?

From the VQE paper they claim that a Hamiltonian can be expressed as a polynomial series of pauli operators (equation 1). While coding up VQE from scratch I made a function which would allow me to ...
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Iterative qubit coupled cluster (iQCC) ansatz (Efficient screening procedure)

The paper Iterative Qubit Coupled Cluster approach with efficient screening of generators describes a new screening procedure for generators of the QCC ansatz. The paper states: 'In the absence of ...
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Confusion about the state of a system after a measurement

I'm confused about the state of a system after a measurement. Say we have a particle $v$ in the state: $ |\psi\rangle= \sqrt{1/4} \ |0\rangle + \sqrt{3/4} \ |1\rangle $. From my understanding, if one ...
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How to build a circuit for simulation of a simple Hamiltonian?

Consider very simple Hamiltonian $\mathcal{H} = Z = \begin{pmatrix}1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1\end{pmatrix}$. It has eigenvalues 1 and -1 with coresponding eigenstates $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$, ...
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Cannot interpret transformations on the bloch sphere as matrix multiplications

I understand that X,Y and Z gates are rotations around the axes with the respective letters, but I cannot understand how can Y gate multiply the amplitude of 0 with unreal number and have it landing ...
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What kind of transformation does the Y-gate do on the bloch sphere?

I'm going through "Quantum Computation & Quantum Information" by Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang, and as a high school student with no previous knowledge, I cannot understand some things ...
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Effect of Pauli X gate on minus state using bloch sphere

As I understood, the X gate flips the state around : $X(|0\rangle) = |1\rangle$. It can also be visualized with a $\pi$ rotation around the $x$ axis in the Bloch sphere. I have no problem with that. ...
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Example of Hamiltonian decomposition into Pauli matrices [closed]

I need to see an example of how Hamiltonian, i.e. any Hermitian matrix, can be decomposed into a linear combination of Pauli matrices. Please show me how this is written in Python. What I have tried ...
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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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Qiskit flipped representation of qubits in CNOT gate?

The conventional CNOT gate is shown on the right, and the Qiskit version is on the left. Since Qiskit defines it has a flipped representation kindly explain what is happening to the 11 position?
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Question Regarding Simulating Hamiltonian With Quantum Circuit

There have been a few other questions about this section of Nielsen and Chuang, but when working through the output of the circuit, there are some inconsistencies that are probably due to some mistep/...
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How is the ground state of a Hamiltonian defined?

I'm studying VQE, but there is something I don't get. We know (I think) that for a given Hamiltonian the minimum eigenvalue is associated with the ground state. But if we take the Hamiltonian to be ...
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Gate Y returns wrong phase in IBM's circuit composer

One can check that, with IBM's circuit composer, $Y$ gate acted on $|0\rangle$ or on $|1\rangle$ returns the same phase of $\pi/2$. Is this a bug?
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What does the notation $\sigma_j^z$ mean for Pauli matrices?

In multiples papers or online article on the QAOA algorithm (such as this one), I found notation for the Hamiltonian similar to this one : $$ \sum_{ij} \frac{1}{2} (I-\sigma_i^z \sigma_j^z)$$ I don'...
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Qubit in a mix sin/cosine state

The question is pretty simple. How can I get an input qubit $|0⟩$ in the state, say $$\cos{\frac{\pi}{10}}|0⟩ + \sin{\frac{\pi}{10}}|1⟩$$ Or any other sine/cosine mix state? Which gates do I need to ...
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Similarity Transformations on Pauli Operators in 2-qubit states (eq. 11 - Farhi's QNN Paper)

Again, I am new to quantum computing and have a CS background, so apologies if this seems like an obvious question or if I seem unclear. $\newcommand{\braket}[1]{\langle #1 \rangle}\newcommand{\bra}[1]...
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Generate the state $\frac{-|0\rangle + |1\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$ with qiskit: problem with Pauli-Z behavior

I want to construct the following state of a qubit using a quantum circuit: $\frac{-|0\rangle + |1\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$ When I use the following qiskit code in Python: ...
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What is the difference between the action of $Z$ and $\exp(-i Z t)$ on a state?

What is the difference between performing $Z$ operation and performing $e^{-i Zt}$ operation on a state, given that $e^{-i Zt}= \mathbb{1} + (-i Zt) + ...$ is not equal to $Z$ for any value of $t$?
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Intuitive link between clifford group and gottesman-knill theorem

Elements of the Pauli group are the n-Pauli matrices with $\pm 1$ or $\pm i$ on front of them. They all commute or anti-commute between them. The Clifford group are element that preserve the n-Pauli ...
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How to get specific state applying $e^{-i\phi \sigma_2/2}$ to $|0\rangle$ or $|1\rangle$?

I try to solve problems from Problems in Quantum Computing. I stuck with problem #3: I do the following: Because: $$ \sigma_2 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -i\\ i & 0 \end{pmatrix}$$ Then: $$ -i \...
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How is partial trace related to operator sum representation?

In Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang, the authors introduce operator sum representation in Section 8.2.3. They denote the evolution of a density matrix, when given an ...
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Expectation Value of Stabilizer

Given that operator $S_M$, which consists entirely of $Y$ and $Z$ Pauli operators, is a stabilizer of some graph state $G$ i.e. the eigenvalue equation is given as $S_MG = G$. In the paper 'Graph ...
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Can arbitrary matrices be decomposed using the Pauli basis? [duplicate]

Is it possible to decompose a hermitian and unitrary matrix $A$ into the sum of the Pauli matrix Kronecker products? For example, I have a matrix 16x16 and want it to be decomposed into something ...
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How does a single-qubit gate affect other qubits?

An instructional quantum computing article I'm reading (How the quantum search algorithm works) states that the following circuit takes $\vert x\rangle\vert 0\rangle$ to $−\vert x\rangle\vert 0\rangle$...
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How do I prove that the Hadamard satisfies $H\equiv e^{i\pi H/2}$?

How can I demonstrate on the exponential part equality of the Hadamard matrix: $$H=\frac{X+Z}{\sqrt2}\equiv\exp\left(i\frac{\pi}{2}\frac{X+Z}{\sqrt2}\right).$$ In general, how can I demonstrate on: $\...
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Matrix Index and multiplication rules for Hermitian Pauli group products

Given the Hermitian Pauli group products $$ \Omega_{a,b}=\{\pm 1,\pm i\}_{a,b}\cdot \{I,X,Y,Z\}_{a,b}^{\otimes n} $$ composed of $n$ 2x2 pauli matrices $(I,X,Y,Z)$ in tensor product, such that they ...
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Stabilizer state QFI lower limit query

On page 1 of this paper it states that the QFI (Quantum Fisher Information) for pure states $\psi$ is $$\mathcal{Q}(\psi) = \sum_{i,j=1}^n\text{Tr}(X_iX_j\psi)-\text{Tr}(X_i \psi)\text{Tr}(X_j \psi)~~~...
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Physical Interpretation of Pauli Matrices as Polarization Check

We know that the Pauli matrices are: $$\sigma_x = \begin{bmatrix}0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0\end{bmatrix}, \sigma_y = \begin{bmatrix}0 & -i \\ i & 0\end{bmatrix}, \sigma_z = \begin{bmatrix}1 & ...
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The solution when we transmit a qubit through a Pauli channel?

A Pauli channel is defined as a convex combination of Pauli operators, i.e. $\epsilon_{\text{Pauli}} (\rho)=\sum_{j} q_j\sigma_j\rho \sigma_j$, where $0 \leq q_j \leq 1$ and $\sum_j q_j=1$. Now, I ...
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Should a Pauli $X$ matrix equal the identity matrix to be unitary?

My understanding is that any unitary matrix must have its inverse be equal to its conjugate transpose. Looking at the pauli x gate as shown here: $$\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}$$ It ...
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Is $M = a \mathbb{I} - ib \sigma_Z$ a valid representation in terms of logic gates?

I have a matrix $M= \begin{pmatrix} a - ib & 0 \\ 0 & a + ib \end{pmatrix}$, where $a$ and $b$ are real numbers and $i = \sqrt{-1}$. I need to represent this matrix in terms of the quantum ...
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Expected value of a product of the Pauli matrices in different bases

I'm trying to reproduce the results of this article https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03897, using Qiskit and Xanadu PennyLane. Particularly, this part with expected values of the Pauli operators: For ...
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Can there be multiple energy eigenstates corresponding to the same eigenvalue of a Hamiltonian (Pauli-X)?

all. I am a high-school student who has recently familiarized himself with linear algebra and is looking to understand quantum computing. So, I bought the classic textbook "Quantum Computation and ...
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Decomposition of a matrix in the Pauli basis

I read in this article (Apendix III p.8) that for $A\in \mathcal{M}_2$, since the normalized Pauli matrices $\{I,X,Y,Z\}/\sqrt{2}$ form an orthogonal matrix basis. $$A=\frac{Tr(AI)I+Tr(AX)X+Tr(AY)Y+...
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Definition of the Pauli group and the Clifford group

There seem to be two definitions of the Pauli group. In Nielsen and Chuang, the Pauli group on 1 qubit is defined as \begin{align*} \mathcal{P}_1 = \{\pm I, \pm iI, \pm X, \pm iX, \pm Y, \pm iY, \pm Z,...