# Questions tagged [quantum-state]

Questions about or related to quantum states. Consider using the density-matrix tag when relevant.

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### What is the difference between a relative phase and a global phase? In particular, what is a phase?

I know that $re^{i\theta} = x + iy$ for any complex number $x + iy$ by Euler's formula. How do you calculate relative and global phase?
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### How can infinite information be theoretically encoded or stored in a single qubit?

I've just gotten started with Nielsen and Chuang's text, and I'm a little stuck. They mention that theoretically, it would be possible to store an infinite amount of information in the state of a ...
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### What is the result of measuring $\sigma_x$ on the state $|01\rangle+|10\rangle$?

I confused about how to calculate the probabilities and getting a certain result of measuring Bell's states with Pauli matrices as the operator. When you measure something, the state involved would be ...
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### What is meant by the term "computational basis"?

What is meant by the term "computational basis" in the context of quantum computing and quantum algorithms?
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### How can I build a circuit to generate an equal superposition of 3 outcomes for 2 qubits?

Given a $2$ qubit-system and thus $4$ possible measurements results in the basis $\{|00\rangle$, $|01\rangle$, $|10\rangle$, $|11\rangle\}$, how can I prepare the state, where: only $3$ of these $4$ ...
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### How to show whether a bipartite high-dimensional system is entangled?

"How do I show that a two-qubit state is an entangled state?" includes an answer which references the Peres–Horodecki criterion. This works for $2\times 2$ and $2\times3$ dimensional cases; however, ...
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### Can we rotate Bloch vectors for qudits like we do with qubits in the Bloch sphere?

I have been looking into the Bloch vectors for qudits and have been wondering if we can do rotations that are similar to the rotations in the qubit Bloch sphere. Like, once we create a Bloch vector ...
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### Random quantum states and Schur-Weyl duality

Consider the following density matrix over $n$ qubits, with $C$ being a single qubit operator: $$\rho_{n} = \int_{C \sim \text{Haar}} \big(C|0\rangle\langle0|C^\dagger\big)^{\otimes n} dC.$$ Let's ...
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### Help Identifying a Gate In Nielsen and Chuang

I am seeking help to identify the oracle gates listed in this example. I understand that the right-most one is a toffoli gate, but what are the other ones? Specifically, I do not understand what a ...
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### Quantum machine learning after Ewin Tang

Recently, a series of research papers have been released (this, this and this, also this) that provide classical algorithms with the same runtime as quantum machine learning algorithms for the same ...
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### How does measurement of one qubit affect the others?

To represent a quantum computer's state, all the qubits contribute to one state vector (this is one of the major differences between quantum and classical computing as I understand it). My ...
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### How to calculate circuit depth properly?

Is the circuit depth the longest sequence of gates applied on one of the qubits? Or is it something more complicated?
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### What is a qubit?

What is a "qubit"? Google tells me that it's another term for a "quantum bit". What is a "quantum bit" physically? How is it "quantum"? What purpose does it serve in quantum computing? Note: I'd ...
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### No-cloning theorem and distinguishing between two non-orthogonal quantum states

I'm currently reading Nielsen and Chuang's Quantum Computation and Quantum Information and I'm not sure if I correctly understand this exercise (on page 57) : Exercise 1.2: Explain how a device which,...
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### Is quantum computing limited to a superposition of only two states?

From Wikipedia: A qubit is a two-state quantum system [...] There are two possible outcomes for the measurement of a qubit — usually $0$ and $1$, like a bit. The difference is that whereas the state ...
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### Simulate a quantum channel with a certain fidelity

I am looking for an easy-to-use framework for simulating a quantum channel that can accept the desired average fidelity of the channel as input. For example, if I want a channel with 98% average ...
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### How do two qubit states differing by a global phase relate to each other?

I have looked at the following: What is the difference between a relative phase and a global phase? In particular, what is a phase? Global and relative phases of kets in QM Global phases and ...
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### What are magic states?

I wonder what are magic states, and a magic state gadget. While I'm reading a paper, these terms frequently appear.
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### How to compactly represent multiple qubit states?

Since access to quantum devices capable of quantum computing is still extremely limited, it is of interest to simulate quantum computations on a classical computer. Representing the state of $n$ ...
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### How to input 2 qubits in 2 Hadamard gates?

Let's say we have a circuit with $2$ Hadamard gates: Let's take the $|00\rangle$ state as input. The vector representation of $|00\rangle$ state is $[1 \ 0 \ 0 \ 0]$, but this is the representation ...
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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 ...