Questions tagged [projection-operator]

A projection operator is one which when acts upon a quantum state (which is an element of a Hilbert space), "projects" it onto a subspace or onto another element of the same Hilbert space.

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If $\rho \approx_{\varepsilon}\sigma$, how to find $\Pi\rho\Pi$ to ensure that $\text{supp}(\Pi\rho\Pi)\subset\text{supp}(\sigma)$?

Let $\rho$ and $\sigma$ be positive semidefinite operators with trace less than or equal to 1. Let $\rho\approx_{\varepsilon}\sigma$ i.e. they are close in some distance, such as the trace distance. ...
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Does $\frac{\Pi_A\otimes I_B}{\text{Tr}((\Pi_A\otimes I_B)\rho_{AB})}\rho_{AB}=\rho_{AB}$ hold for a state $\rho_{AB}$ and projector $\Pi_A$?

For some projector $\Pi_A$ and state $\rho_{AB}$, let $$\sigma_{AB} = \frac{\Pi_A\otimes I_B}{\text{Tr}((\Pi_A\otimes I_B)\rho_{AB})}\rho_{AB}$$ Is it the case that $\sigma_B = \rho_B$? It seems ...
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Find the unitary implementing the transformation $|0\rangle\to\frac1{\sqrt2}(|0\rangle+|1\rangle),|1\rangle\to\frac1{\sqrt2}(|0\rangle-|1\rangle)$ [closed]

I have found a question for finding the Unitary operator for the following transformation: I found the solution as well. But I didn't understand how they got the solution!
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How to project a composite system down into a smaller subspace in Python?

If we have a composite system over five qubits ($|\psi\rangle = |a\rangle|b\rangle|c\rangle|d\rangle|e\rangle$), and I want to project into a specific subspace of the first three systems, I can build ...
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Can we characterise how correlated the expectation values associated with a pair of observables are?

Consider a state $\rho$ and two observables $P$ and $Q$. Is there a good way to characterise how correlated the associated expectation values are? Be it in terms of mutual information or something ...
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What can I conclude about $\langle \phi|\pi_1\pi_2|\phi\rangle$ if $\langle \phi|\pi_i|\phi\rangle\ge e$?

If I have two projectors $\pi_1, \pi_2$ such that for some $|{\phi}\rangle$: $\langle {\phi}| \pi_1 |{\phi}\rangle \geq e$ and $\langle {\phi}| \pi_2 | {\phi}\rangle \geq e$ What can I conclude about ...
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Increasing the von Neumann entropy despite the measurement?

Background Assume we have a density matrix $\rho$ of a sub-ensemble. However, we have an imperfect measuring instrument. While it does perform a measurement, we do not know exactly when it performs ...
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Bob applies a projector - what happens to eigenvalues of Alice's reduced state?

Suppose Alice and Bob share a state $\rho_{AB}$. Let us denote the reduced states as $\rho_A = \text{Tr}_B(\rho_{AB})$ and $\rho_B = \text{Tr}_A(\rho_{AB})$. Bob applies a projector so the new global ...
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How to code a projector operator in qiskit?

I'm new to qiskit and I want to know how do I define a projector operator in qiskit? Specifically, I have prepared a 3 qubit system, and after applying a whole lot of gates and measuring it in a state ...
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Representing a von Neumann measurement as $[\mathcal{I} \otimes P_i] U(\rho_s \otimes \rho_a)U^{-1} [\mathcal{I} \otimes P_i]$, how do we choose $U$?

Given the state of a system as $\rho_s$ and that of the ancilla (pointer) as $\rho_a$, the Von-Neumann measurement involves entangling a system with ancilla and then performing a projective ...
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Showing measurement of a Hermitian Unitary operator gives final states as eigenvectors

This is related to exercise 4.34, The operation described can be written as $(H \otimes I)C^1(U)(H \otimes I)(|0\rangle \otimes |\psi\rangle)$ I can get to the point where the state of the system is ...
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What's the interpretation of the eigenvalues of qubit's projective operators?

Usually, while conducting a measurement on a qubit we are using two projectors, namely $P_0 = |0\rangle \langle 0|$ and $P_1 = |1\rangle \langle 1 |$. For the case of $P_0$ we have two possible ...
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Help in understanding the usage of eigenvalues in the definition of the projective measurement

Recently I was reading about the projective measurement in "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" by Nielsen & Chuang, where they describe the projective measurement as follows: ...
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Prove that $P_{M_1}P_{M_2}= P_{M_2}P_{M_1}$ implies $\text{Pr}(\text{span}[M_1, M_2]) = \text{Pr}(M_1)+\text{Pr}(M_2)−\text{Pr}(M_1\cap M_2)$

Prove that if $\text{Proj}_{M_1}\text{Proj}_{M_2}= \text{Proj}_{M_2}\text{Proj}_{M_1}$ then $\text{Pr}(\text{span}[M_1, M_2]) = \text{Pr}(M_1) + \text{Pr}(M_2) − \text{Pr}(M_1 \cap M_2)$. In ...
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Interpretation of specific Hamiltonian operator

In the paper https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.05820 the authors introduce several Hamiltonians. For example they define $$H_G = A^\dagger \left( \mathbb{I} - \vert b \rangle \langle b \vert \right) A$$ in ...
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What does "measuring a state" mean?

I have been reading about secret sharing schemes, and they regularly come up with a line that says 'that a person upon receiving a state measures the state in one of the basis say the computational ...
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Error syndromes and recovery procedure in bit flip code

This question relates to exercise 10.4 in Nielsen and Chuang. For syndrome diagnosis, the textbook provides an example where one has four projectors, by which, you can identify where a one qubit ...