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Questions tagged [quantum-information]

For questions about quantum information theory. In physics and computer science, quantum information is information that is held in the state of a quantum system. Quantum information is the basic entity of study in quantum information theory and can be manipulated using engineering techniques known as quantum information processing. (Wikipedia)

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What if I say computing without a (computer), no device? or unit or machine [on hold]

Natural 100% adding up what computers were invented for. Ourselves a processor, autonomously. Thru neural supremacy. Individual person with the right timing and thought process in his brain whom will ...
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Geometric interpretation of 1-distillability

This is a sequel to Motivation for the definition of k-distillability Geometrical interpretation from the definition of 1-distillability The eigenstate $|\psi\rangle$ of the partially ...
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Motivation for the definition of k-distillability

Definition of k-distillability For a bipartite state $\rho$, $H=H_A\otimes H_B$ and for an integer $k\geq 1$, $\rho$ is $k$-distillable if there exists a (non-normalized) state $|\psi\rangle\in ...
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Bell State 11 not working for parity curve

I am currently writing a script to automate the creation of parity curves for a 2 qubit bell state and then calculate fidelity and proving entanglement from that (inspired by this paper). It was going ...
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How to prove the following bosonic entanglement expression?

Based on the article given by J. L. Ball, I. Fuentes-Schuller, and F. P. Schuller, Phys. Lett. A 359, 550 (2006) had used the following expression of von-Neumann entropy \begin{equation} S = - \...
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How to find a common eigenstate of commuting operators?

I have multiple different operators in matrix form and I need to find their common eigenstates. The challenge is that the common eigenstate is in a superposition of multiple states and isn't just a ...
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IBM Q [Grover's Algorithm]

How to apply the changes on circuit design for Grover's Algorithm n=5 in ibm q ? i Have tried n=3 which is already present there.
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What is the motivation for Weyl matrices in quantum information theory?

Quantum Entanglement and Geometry — Andreas Gabriel (2010) — Sec: 2.3.4 ~p. 11 Another basis for $d\times d$-dimensional matrices that has proven to be quite useful in quantum information theory is ...
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Quantum fidelity simplified formula while both of the density matrices are single qubit states

I have a question while reading the quantum fidelity definition in Wikipedia Fidelity of quantum states, at the end of the Definition section of quantum fidelity formula, it says Explicit expression ...
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Perform quantum gate operations using state vectors and matrices

I am getting confused as to how to perform gate operations using matrices and am hoping someone will help me walk through this example. Say I want to perform a Pauli-X gate on the 3rd qubit in a 3-...
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What is Landauer’s principle?

How does the act of erasing information increase the total entropy of the system? This goes by the name Landauer's principle. Some details are here. Can anyone shed more light on this?
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What are nontrivial examples of $n$-sharable bipartite states?

A bipartite state $\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1\rangle}\rho_{AB}$ is said to be $n$-sharable when it is possible to find an extended state $\rho_{AB_1\cdots B_n}$ such that partial tracing over any ...
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Simultaneous eigenstate of commuting observables and their tensor product

So this is about something from Preskill's notes on Quantum Computation and Information, Chapter 4, page 3. Imagine we have a maximally entangled state (Bell state). We can identify the Bell state by ...
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What property ensures that von Neumann entropy is conserved?

So I always had this idea in my mind that unitary evolution in quantum mechanics conserves information (or in other words von Neumann entropy) because unitary evolution preserves the trace. But this ...
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Twirling Quantum Channels: Pauli and Clifford Twirling

I am currently working through some papers related with approximations of more general quantum channels such as amplitude and phase damping channels to Pauli channels. The reason to do so is so that ...
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Structural Physical Approximation of Partial Transpose

To make the partial transpose a complete positive and therefore physical map, one has to mix it with enough of the maximally mixed state to offset the negative eigenvalues. The most negative ...
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CTCs and information time travel — what non-trivial insights do they lead to?

Context: In quantum complexity theory and quantum information, there are several papers which study the implications of closed timelike curves (CTCs). In 2008, Aaronson and Watrous published their ...
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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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Trace distance of two classical-quantum states

I have these two classical-quantum states: $$\rho = \sum_{a} \lvert a\rangle \langle a\lvert \otimes q^a \\ \mu = \sum_{a} \lvert a\rangle \langle a\lvert \otimes r^a $$ Where $a$ are the classical ...
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How to understand the Haar measure from a quantum information perspective?

I found it a little difficult to understand it using Wikipedia and some mathematical documents. How to understand the Haar measure from a quantum information theory perspective? Are there any ...
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Are there disadvantages in using the inner product between states instead of the fidelity?

Would there be any disadvantages of using inner product, that is, $\mathrm{Tr}(A^{\dagger}B)$ (say making it, $\mathrm{Tr}(\sqrt A \sqrt B)$ to normalise) to quantify how far two quantum states are ...
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How does a map being “only” positive reflect on its Choi representation?

We know that a map $\Phi\in\mathrm T(\mathcal X,\mathcal Y)$ being completely positive is equivalent to its Choi representation being positive: $J(\Phi)\in\operatorname{Pos}(\mathcal Y\otimes\mathcal ...
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Direct derivation of the Kraus representation from the natural representation, using SVD

$\newcommand{\Y}{\mathcal{Y}}\newcommand{\X}{\mathcal{X}}\newcommand{\rmL}{\mathrm{L}}$As explained for example in Watrous' book (chapter 2, p. 79), given an arbitrary linear map $\Phi\in\rmL(\rmL( \X)...
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How are witness operators physically implemented?

Let's take an example of an entanglement witness of the form $W = | \phi \rangle \langle \phi | ^{T_2}$ where $ | \phi \rangle $ is some pure entangled state. If I wanted to test some state $\rho$, I ...
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Proving the inequality $|\mathrm{tr}(AU)|\le \mathrm{tr}|A|$ in Uhlmann's theorem

In Nielsen and Chuang, in the Fidelity section, (Lemma 9.5, page 410 in the 2002 edition), they prove the following. $$ \mathrm{tr}(AU) = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|VU)| = |\mathrm{tr}(|A|^{1/2}|A|^{1/2}VU)| $$ ...
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Explicit 16⨯16 matrix representations of two-qudit entanglement witnesses

I have a set of $16 \times 16$ two-qudit density matrices. I would like to study the bound-entanglement for this set, making use of entanglement witnesses for which explicit matrix representations are ...
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Are entanglement witnesses of this form optimal?

One can make an entanglement witness by taking the partial transpose of any pure entangled state. Consider $|\phi \rangle $ as any pure entangled state. Then $W = | \phi \rangle \langle \phi |^{T_2} ...
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Degradable channels and their quantum capacity

Note: I'm reposting this question as it was deleted by the original author, so that we do not lose out on the existing answer there, by Prof. Watrous. Further answers are obviously welcome. I have ...
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Quantum channel cannot increase Holevo information of an ensemble

I need to prove the fact that a quantum channel (a superoperator) cannot increase the Holevo information of an ensemble $\epsilon = \{\rho_x, p_x\}$. Mathematically expressed I need to prove $$\begin{...
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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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Proof of joint entropy theorem

From section 11.3.2 of Nielsen & Chuang: (4) let $\lambda_i^j$ and $\left|e_i^j\right>$ be the eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors of $\rho_i$. Observe that $p_i\lambda_i^j$ and $\...
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Superoperator cannot increase relative entropy

Note: Cross-posted on Physics SE. So I have to show that a superoperator $\$$ cannot increase relative entropy using the monotonicity of relative entropy: $$S(\rho_A || \sigma_A) \leq S(\rho_{AB} || ...
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Complexity analysis of separability in the multipartite case

It's well known that determining whether a bipartite mixed state is separable or entangled is a $\mathsf{NP}$-hard problem under some accuracy estimates (cf. this TCS SE discussion). Now I'm curious ...
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What does “bipartite” mean?

This is a really easy question, but my mother language is not English and I get confused quite a lot reading Preskill notes. What does a bipartite system mean? Is this just that it "lives" in a ...
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How to implement the mixed quantum state fidelity in a quantum circuit?

Suppose we use Uhlmann-Josza fidelity $F(\rho, \sigma):=(\mathrm{tr}\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho}\sigma\sqrt{\rho}})^2$, can we construct a quantum circuit that help us to calculate the fidelity of two mixed ...
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Can an isometry leave entropy invariant?

Consider two finite dimensional Hilbert spaces $A$ and $B$. If I have an isometry $V:A\rightarrow A\otimes B$, under what condition can I find a unitary $U:A\otimes B\to A\otimes B$ such that $$U\rho_{...
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Is there a two-qudit Choi entanglement witness $W^{(+)}$?

Example 2 in arXiv:1811.09896 states that the "Choi EW (entanglement witness) $W^{(+)}$ obtained from the Choi map in $d=3$ $\ldots$ is given by \begin{equation} W^{(+)} = \frac{1}{6} \left( \sum_{i=0}...
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How should we interpret these quantum logic gates as physical observables?

In quantum mechanics each operator corresponds to some physical observable, but say we have the operators $X,Y,Z,H, \operatorname{CNOT}$. I understand how these gates act on qubits, but what do they ...
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What's the difference between Kraus operators and measurement operators?

It is said in a lecture note[1] 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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Finding separable decompositions of bipartite X-states using the methodology of Li and Qiao

Two recent papers of Jun-Li Li and Cong-Feng Qiao (arXiv:1607.03364 and arXiv:1708.05336) present "practical schemes for the decomposition of a bipartite mixed state into a sum of direct products of ...
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How to show a density matrix is in a pure/mixed state?

Say we have a single qubit with some density matrix, for example lets say we have the density matrix $\rho=\begin{pmatrix}3/4&1/2\\1/2&1/2\end{pmatrix}$. I would like to know what is the ...
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What are the ranges of the four $q$ parameters in the magic simplex of Bell states formula?

Equation (7) in the 2012 paper, "Complementarity Reveals Bound Entanglement of Two Twisted Photons" of B. C. Hiesmayr and W. Löffler for a state $\rho_d$ in the "magic simplex" of Bell states \begin{...
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How does the probability of measurement turn out to be negative?

c) Compute $$\text{Prob}(\uparrow_\hat{n}\uparrow_\hat{m}) \equiv \text{tr}(\pmb{E}_A(\hat{n})\pmb{E}_B(\hat{n})\pmb{p}(\lambda)), \tag{4.164}$$ where $\pmb{E}_A(\hat{n})$ is the projection of ...
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Understanding this description of teleportation

In the context of quantum teleportation, my lecturer writes the following (note that I assume the reader is familiar with the circuit): If the measurement of the first qubit is 0 and the measurement ...
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What proportions of certain sets of PPT-two-retrit states are bound entangled or separable?

For two particular (twelve-and thirteen-dimensional) sets of two-retrit states (corresponding to 9 x 9 density matrices with real off-diagonal entries), I have been able to calculate the Hilbert-...
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Are X-state separability and PPT- probabilities the same for the two-qubit, qubit-qutrit, two-qutrit, etc. states?

On p. 3 of "Separability Probability Formulas and Their Proofs for Generalized Two-Qubit X-Matrices Endowed with Hilbert-Schmidt and Induced Measures" (https://arxiv.org/abs/1501.02289), it is ...
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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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How is the expression for the optimal entanglement witness derived?

In the Bertlmann 2009 paper in the Annals of Physics (here), an optimal witness operator for an entangled state $\rho$, given that the closest separable state to it is $\rho_0$ is given by: $$A_{\...
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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 ...