Questions tagged [quantum-operation]

In quantum mechanics, a quantum operation is a mathematical formalism used to describe a broad class of transformations that a quantum mechanical system can undergo. The quantum operation formalism describes not only unitary time evolution or symmetry transformations of isolated systems, but also the effects of measurement and transient interactions with an environment. If appropriate, also use the [quantum-channel] tag. (Wikipedia)

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If all quantum gates must be unitary, what about measurement?

All quantum operations must be unitary to allow reversibility, but what about measurement? Measurement can be represented as a matrix, and that matrix is applied to qubits, so that seems equivalent to ...
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What is a complementary map?

I have a quantum map described by the following Kraus operators $$A_0 = c_0 \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0\\ 0 & 1 \end{pmatrix}, \qquad A_1 = c_1 \begin{pmatrix} ...
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Do the Kraus operators of a CPTP channel need to be orthogonal?

Let $\Phi\in\mathrm T(\mathcal X,\mathcal Y)$ be a CPTP map. Any such channel admits a Kraus decomposition of the form $$\Phi(X)=\sum_a A_a X A_a^\dagger,$$ for a set of operators $A_a\in\mathrm{Lin}(\...
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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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Is the Kraus representation of a quantum channel equivalent to a unitary evolution in an enlarged space?

I understand that there are two ways to think about 'general quantum operators'. Way 1 We can think of them as trace-preserving completely positive operators. These can be written in the form $$\...
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Significance of The Church of the Higher Hilbert space

The term "Church of the Higher Hilbert Space" is used in quantum information frequently when analysing quantum channels and quantum states. What does this term mean (or, alternately, what does the ...
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What is the difference between signaling and non-signaling quantum correlations, and what is a signaling channel?

This article talks about correlation and causality in quantum mechanics. In the abstract, under Framework for local quantum mechanics, it says (emphasis mine): The most studied, almost epitomical, ...
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Is acting with a positive map on a state not part of a larger system allowed?

In the comments to a question I asked recently, there is a discussion between user1271772 and myself on positive operators. I know that for a positive trace-preserving operator $\Lambda$ (e.g. the ...
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Depolarizing channel implementation on IBM Q

Given a single qubit in the computational basis, $|\psi\rangle =\alpha |0\rangle + \beta|1\rangle$, the density matrix is $\rho=|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|=\begin{pmatrix} \alpha^2 & \alpha \beta^*\\ ...
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Deduce the Kraus operators of the dephasing channel using the Choi

I'm trying to deduce the Kraus representation of the dephasing channel using the Choi operator (I know the Kraus operators can be guessed in this case, I want to understand the general case). The ...
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How many Kraus operators are required to characterise a channel with different start and end dimensions?

If we have a quantum channel mapping from a $d$-dimensional state to a $d$-dimensional state, it can be described by at most $d^2$ Kraus operators. Suppose our channel maps instead from a $d_1$-...
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Are CPTP operators and unitary operators the same thing?

I am reading some quantum papers (In particular, this one page 34) . One of the theorem statement reads, "For every CPTP operator M, we have that .... " I ...
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The meaning of measurements in different bases

There are other similar questions. But I don't understand the answers. Suppose I express $a|0⟩+b|1⟩$ in the form $\frac{c}{\sqrt2}(|0⟩+|1⟩)+\frac{d}{\sqrt 2}(|0⟩−|1⟩)$ where $a,b,c,d∈\mathbb C$. ...
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How to implement the exponential of an outer product?

In exercise 6.7 page 258 in Nielsen and Chuang book, they have a Hamiltonian $H = \left| x \right\rangle \!\!\left\langle x \right| + \left| \psi \right\rangle \!\!\left\langle \psi \right|$ and the ...
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Find the reduced density matrix for a four-qubit system

I have the state vector $|p\rangle$ made up of 4 qubits. Say system A is made up of the first and second qubits while system B is made up of qubits 3 and 4. I want to find the reduced density matrix ...
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Quantum Channel Models

The so called depolarizing channel is the channel model that is mostly used when constructing quantum error correction codes. The action of such channel over a quantum state $\rho$ is $\rho\...