# 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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### Distinguishing $n$ pure states in an $n$ dimensional Hilbert space

Suppose we have $n$ pure states in an $n$ dimensional Hilbert space, and we would like to distinguish them using POVM or PVM. We get any one of the pure states with equal probability, and we may set ...
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### Moving between $\sum_{I}E_{i}=I$ and $\sum_{i}M^{\dagger}M=I$ for non-hermitian $M$

If $\sum_{i}E_{i}=I$ is a set of POVM's and $\sum_{i}M^{\dagger}M=I$ is a set of general measurement operators, I have always been confused on how to move from one to the other, in regards to the ...
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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 POVMs and observables (as Hermitian operators)?

Let $\renewcommand{\calH}{{\mathcal{H}}}\calH$ be a finite-dimensional Hilbert space. An observable $A$ is here a Hermitian operator, $A\in\mathrm{Herm}(\calH)$. A POVM is here a collection of ...
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### How to find the POVM that optimally distinguishes between two given states?

A quantum state preparation machine emits a state $\rho_0$ with probability $2/3$ and emits the state $\rho_1$ with probability $1/3$. We aim to make the best guess which one is it using a set of two ...
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### Is there some notion of work associated with performing a measurement?

Let a measurement be described by POVM elements $M_i$ such that probability $p(i) = Tr[\rho M_i]$ for some state $\rho$. I want to know whether there is some notion of work associated with such ...
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### How to express a probability distribution $P(x,y,z)= \sum_\lambda P(x|y,\lambda)P(y|\lambda,z)P(z)P(\lambda)$ in terms of a trace of a density matrix?

I have been given and expression for a probability distribution $$P(x,y,z)= \sum_\lambda P(x|y,\lambda)P(y|\lambda,z)P(z)P(\lambda)$$ and I have been asked to show that the above expression can be ...
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### What additional conditions are there to make POVM measurement same as projective measurement?

We know that POVMs are applied in the more general cases where the system is not necessarily closed. So mathematically, how does going from open to closed system change the scenario in case of POVM so ...
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### How do you embed a POVM matrix in a Unitary?

In QuantumKatas Measurement Task 2.3 - Peres-Wooter's Game, we are given 3 states A,B and C. We construct a POVM of these states. But how do we convert that POVM into a Unitary that we can apply. ...
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### Why are POVMs useful? Are they just an axiomatic way to define measurement?

I know the definition of projective measurement, generalized measurement, POVM. I understand the usage of generalized measurement for the reason that it can model experiments "easier" (for example ...
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### Give an explicit example of a $d = 4$ SIC-POVM

For $q=e^{2 \pi i/3}$, the set of $d^2$ vectors ($d=3$) \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & 1 & -1 \\ 0 & 1 & -q \\ 0 & 1 & -q^2 \\ -1 & 0 & 1 \\ -q &...
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### Does the dilation in Naimark's theorem produce a state?

A POVM, as defined for example in (Peres and Wooters 1991), is defined by a set of positive operators $\mu(a)$ satisfying $\sum_a \mu(a)=\mathbb 1$. We do not require the $\mu(a)$ to be projectors, ...
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### What is an example of a measurement that is LOCC but not separable?

Could you give me an example of a measurement which is separable but not LOCC (Local Operations Classical Communication)? Given an ensable of states $\rho^{N}$, a separable measurement on it is a POVM ...
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