# Questions tagged [quantum-channel]

In quantum information theory, a quantum channel is a communication channel which can transmit quantum information, as well as classical information. An example of quantum information is the state of a qubit. An example of classical information is a text document transmitted over the Internet. More formally, quantum channels are completely positive (CP) trace-preserving maps between spaces of operators. If appropriate, also use the [quantum-operation] tag.

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### How can I obtain the lineally independent Kraus operators for the composition of two quantum channels?

Imagine we have two quantum channels, the bit flip and the depolarizing ones (for the corresponding noise models). These two quantum channels have 2 and 4 Kraus operators, respectively. We could ...
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### Confusing notation in Wikipedia's quantum channel article

In the Wikipedia's Quantum channel article, it is said that a purely quantum channel $\phi$ (it's not exactly the same phi calligraphy but it's close), in the Schrodinger picture, is a linear map ...
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### How does qiskit finally implement a noise model?

I have been reading qiskit documentation for hours and I still don't get how does it implements noise in the circuit. I have understood that it works with a objects of the class QuantumError which ...
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### Proof that quantum entanglement does not increase the asymptotic capacity of classical channel

Consider a classical channel $N_{X\rightarrow Y}$ which takes every input alphabet $x\in X$ to output alphabet $y\in Y$ with probability $P(y|x)_{Y|X}$. It is stated in many papers that even if the ...
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### Can Eve perform this operation?

I am a beginner in quantum computing. Please consider the following scenario: Suppose Alice wants to send $\frac{1}{\sqrt{N}}\sum_{j=0,1,2,..N-1} |j\rangle$ to Bob. Eve has intercepted the state ...
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### What is the difference between intercept-resend attack and measure-resend attack?

I am going through different types of attacks that eve can perform on the quantum channel. I came across the intercept-resend attack and measure-resend attack. What is the difference between the two? ...
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### How to define a quantum channel for the partial trace?

I understand that the partial trace is a linear map, a completely positive map and a trace-preserving map. However, I have no idea how to define a quantum channel with the partial trace because ...
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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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### Entanglement-assisted hashing bound for asymmetric depolarizing channels

I reading the paper EXIT-Chart Aided Quantum Code Design Improves the Normalised Throughput of Realistic Quantum Devices, which proposes the use of QTCs in order to do quantum error correction for ...
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### Why does entanglement not increase the classical capacity of a channel?

In a recent paper, the authors quote an older work of Bennett, Shor and others and make the following statement While entanglement assistance can increase achievable rates for classical point-to-...
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### Why can any LOCC operation be written as $\sum_k (A_k\otimes B_k)\rho(A_k^\dagger\otimes B_k^\dagger)$?

This statement can be found in Vedral et al. 1997, eq. (1). More precisely, given a bipartite state $\rho_{AB}$, they claim that any operation on $\rho_{AB}$ involving local operations plus classical ...
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### Counting channel uses of the lossy bosonic channel or definition of channel uses

The PLOB-bound ("Fundamental Limits of Repeaterless Quantum Communications") gives an asymptotic upper bound on the secret-key rate per used lossy bosonic channel. However, I'm not sure how to count ...
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### Implementing a depolarizing channel for 2 qubits on IBM Q

I am trying to use IBM Q to perform the following depolarizing channel on a state of 2 qubits $\rho=|\psi \rangle \langle \psi |$: $$\rho \to (1-\lambda)\rho + \frac{\lambda}{4}I$$ This is within ...
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### What's the difference between Kraus operators and measurement operators?

It is said in a lecture note by John Preskill that, Equivalently, we may imagine measuring system $B$ in the basis $\{|a\rangle\}$, but failing to record the measurement outcome, so we are ...
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### Understanding classical vs. quantum channel capacities

The classical channel capacity ($C_{ea}$) and the quantum channel capacity ($Q$) as defined here (eqs. 1 and 2) are given by \begin{equation} C_{ea} = \text{sup}_{\rho} \Big[S(\rho) + S(\Phi_t \rho) -...
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### Quantum Fisher information

I am reading paper Channel Identification and its Impact on Quantum LDPC Code Performance where the authors discuss the scenario where the decoder of a Quantum LDPC code uses an estimation of the ...
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### How does the vectorization map relate to the Choi and Kraus representations of a channel?

I know that the Choi operator is a useful tool to construct the Kraus representation of a given map, and that the vectorization map plays an important role in such construction. How exactly does the ...
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### Confusion on the definition of the phase-damping channel

I am reading about the phase damping channel, and I have seen that some of the different references talking about such channel give different definitions of the Kraus operators that define the action ...
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### Quantum channel Holevo information additivity: proof approach

I have an interesting idea for a proof approach that someone might find useful. Here it is. Suppose we are given a quantum qubit channel $N$ (for example the amplitude damping channel) whose Holevo ...