# Questions tagged [povm]

For questions related to positive-operator valued measures (POVMs), that is, sets of positive semi-definite operators summing to the identity matrix.

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### Show that there are unitaries $U_m$ such that $M_m=U_m \sqrt{E_m}$, for any measurement $M_m$ and associated POVM $E_m$

Nielsen and Chuang's QCQI, section 2.2.6, page 92, asks Suppose a measurement is described by measurement operators $M_m$. Show that there exist unitary operators $U_m$ such that $M_m=U_m\sqrt{E_m}$, ...
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### Are SIC-POVMs optimal for quantum state reconstruction?

Mutually unbiased bases (MUBs) are pairs of orthonormal bases $\{u_j\}_j,\{v_j\}_j\in\mathbb C^N$ such that $$|\langle u_j,v_k\rangle|= \frac{1}{\sqrt N},$$ for all $j,k=1,...,N$. These are useful for ...
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### Are projective measurements the only optimal measurements to discriminate between two states?

Consider two density matrices $\rho$ and $\sigma$. The task is to distinguish between these two states, given one of them --- you do not know beforehand which one. There is an optimal measurement to ...
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### How does the extremality of a POVM reflect on its Naimark dilation isometry?

Let $\mu:\Sigma\to\mathrm{Pos}(\mathcal X)$ be some POVM, with $\Sigma$ the finite set of possible outcomes, and $\mathrm{Pos}(\mathcal X)$ the set of positive semidefinite operators on a finite-...
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### Does a basis of maximally entangled states exist for two-qubit or two-qutrit system so that the density matrices of the basis states don't commute?

I want to find a basis of maximally entangled states $|\Psi_i\rangle$, for $\mathcal{H}^{2} \otimes \mathcal{H}^{2}$ and, $\mathcal{H}^{3} \otimes \mathcal{H}^{3}$ such that the density matrices of ...
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### What are the matrices in the POVM for measuring the first $m$ qubits?

Suppose you have a quantum state $|w\rangle$ consisting of $m + n$ qubits, and you set up a measurement that measures the first $m$ qubits in the standard basis. What are the matrices in the ...
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### How to define POVM measurement operators for a composite quantum state

I have an evolved quantum composite state $\hat{\rho}^{\otimes{N}}$ that I retrieved from a quantum channel $\mathcal{E}$, Now I do know how to define a POVM for the evolved states $\hat{\rho}$ that ...
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### What does it mean "the N uses of classical-quantum channel"?

I was reading a paper Quantum Polar codes by Mark M. Wilde, where he discusses the N uses of the channel in the classical-quantum channel setting. What does he mean by "multiple channel uses"...
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### How do I efficiently implement a POVM using a fixed universal gate set and the ability to measure in the standard basis?

Let's say I am given a Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H = \sum_{i = 1}^{m} H_{i}, \end{equation} where $H$ acts on $n$-qubits, and each $H_{i}$ acts non-trivially on at most $k$ qubits. The eigenvalues ...
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