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Quantum systems can mathematically be described by their 'quantum state'. When the system is closed/isolated, the state is 'pure' and can be written as a sum (i.e. 'superposition') of basis vectors. When the system is a subsystem of an open system, the state is instead usually 'mixed' and cannot be written as a pure state, so has to be written as a density matrix. Consider using the density-matrix tag when relevant

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What does negative probability represent?

"Negative energies and probabilities should not be considered as nonsense. They are well-defined concepts mathematically, like a negative of money." -Paul Dirac The abstract from Photon-phonon-photon ...
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Why does the "Phase Kickback" mechanism work in the Quantum phase estimation algorithm?

I've probably read the chapter The quantum Fourier transform and its applications from Nielsen and Chuang (10 th anniversary edition) a couple of times before and this took this thing for granted, but ...
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How exactly is the stated composite state of the two registers being produced using the $R_{zz}$ controlled rotations?

This is a sequel to How are two different registers being used as "control"? I found the following quantum circuit given in Fig 5 (page 6) of the same paper i.e. Quantum Circuit Design for ...
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What are the P(0) and P(1) probabilities for the T transformation in quantum computing?

I'm just starting of on quantum computing, specifically following the IBM Q Experience documentation [1]. In here, they are explaining the following experiment: $T|+\rangle$ The expected outcomes ...
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One-qubit gate results in QISKit

I found it odd that the result of the action of identity gate (namely a $2\times2$ identity matrix) on a pure state $|0\rangle$ (namely the vector corresponding to the $2\times1$ matrix $\begin{...
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How is a single qubit fundamentally different from a classical coin spinning in the air?

I had asked this question earlier in the comment section of the post: What is a qubit? but none of the answers there seem to address it at a satisfactory level. The question basically is: How is a ...
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Use of change of phase gates

As explained in this this answer, when we have different (relative) phases between two states, those two states will yield the same probabilities when measured in the same basis but different ...
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Are Absolutely Maximally Entangled states maximally entangled under all entanglement monotones?

In Ref. [1] absolutely maximally entangled (AME) states are defined as: An $\textrm{AME}(n,d)$ state (absolutely maximally entangled state) of $n$ qudits of dimension $d$, $|\psi\rangle \in \mathbb{...
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How to show that an n-level 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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What does it mean for a density matrix to "act on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}"$?

For a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_A$, I have seen the phrase density matrices acting on $\mathcal{H}_A$ multiple times, e.g. here. It is clear to me that if $\mathcal{H}_A$ has finite Hilbert ...
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Density matrices for pure states and mixed states

What is the motivation behind density matrices? And, what is the difference between the density matrices of pure states and density matrices of mixed states? This is a self-answered sequel to What&#...
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How to find a density matrix of a qubit?

If we are given a state of a qubit, how do we construct its density matrix?
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How to check if a matrix is a valid density matrix?

What conditions must a matrix hold to be considered a valid density matrix?
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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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Measuring in standard basis meaning

What does it mean to measure a qubit (or multiple qubits) in standard basis?
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What is the $\left| 22\right>$ state?

I came across with a problem that involves $2$ quantum trits in state $\left| 22 \right>.$ What is it's tensor product interpretation and a matrix interpretation?
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How to check if 2 qubits are entangled? [duplicate]

I know that 2 qubits are entangled if it is impossible to represent their joint state as a tensor product. But when we are given a joint state, how can we tell if it is possible to represent it as a ...
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How to apply single and two qubit gates to 2 qubits multiple times?

Let's say we have the following quantum circuit: Let's say we input the state $|00\rangle$ . Both of the $H$ gates produce the output $1/\sqrt{2}$, but which one of the following $2$ vectors is the ...
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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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How to calculate the state given by two qubits?

Let's say two qubits are both in $|+\rangle$ state. We need to find $a_1$, $a_2$, $a_3$, and $a_4$ in $|\phi\rangle = a_1|00\rangle + a_2|01\rangle + a_3|10\rangle + a_4|11\rangle$, how do we find ...
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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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How to check if 2 quantum bits are orthogonal?

How would you check if 2 qubits are orthogonal with respect to each other? I need to know this to solve this problem: You are given $2$ quantum bits:$$ \begin{align} |u_1\rangle &= \cos\left(\...
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Embedding classical information into norm of a quantum state

According to An introduction to quantum machine learning (Schuld, Sinayskiy & Petruccione, 2014), Seth Lloyd et al. say in their paper: Quantum algorithms for supervised and unsupervised machine ...
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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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Is it true to say that one qubit in an entangled state can instantaneously affect all others?

When a qubit is measured, there is a ‘collapse of the wave-function’ as a result is randomly chosen. If the qubit is entangled with others, this collapse will also effect them. And the way it affects ...
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Does superdense coding allow to double the information capacity of a set of qubits?

I read the basic introductory information about qubits on Wikipedia: There are two possible outcomes for the measurement of a qubit—usually 0 and 1, like a bit. The difference is that whereas the ...
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Threshold and practical requirements for initial state preparation?

At the beginning of a quantum computational process we generally want to start in a perfectly known initial state, and evolve from there. This cannot be done perfectly, for fundamental reasons, but I ...
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What does the notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$ mean?

I recently read hand-written notes about the "secret mask" or "secret string" algorithm (which I can't share here) with the following notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$, i.e. a letter with a line ...
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What do we mean by the notation $\lvert \mathbf{x}, 0\rangle$?

In quantum computation, a common operation performed between two quantum states is the tensor product, which allows us to create a new and higher-dimensional state from two lower-dimensional states. ...
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How does using a superposition of 0 and 1 improve the processing capabilities of a quantum computer compared to classical computers? [closed]

Whenever I learn about quantum computing and qubits, it always talks about the superposition principle and that the qubits can be in both states 0 and 1 simultaneously, thus claiming that quantum ...
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What exactly is a phase vector?

The following $2\times 2$ matrix $$ P = \begin{bmatrix} e^{i\theta} & 0 \\ 0 & e^{i\phi} \end{bmatrix} $$ represents a quantum gate because it's a unitary matrix. If we multiply $P$ by ...
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What is the difference between a qubit and a quantum state?

In general, a qubit is mathematically represented as a quantum state of the form $\lvert \psi\rangle = \alpha \lvert 0\rangle + \beta \lvert 1\rangle$, using the basis $\{ \lvert 0\rangle, \lvert 1\...
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Are there measuring standards (and units) for the identification of qubits?

The representation of bits in different technological areas: Normal digital bits are mere abstractions of the underlying electric current through wires. Different standards, like CMOS or TTL, assign ...
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What can I deduce about $f(x)$ if $f$ is balanced or constant?

$\newcommand{\qr}[1]{|#1\rangle}$Question. Can you check whether this is correct? Also, given the analysis below, what is the domain of and co-domain of $f(\qr{x})$? I think it is $V^4 \to W^4 : f$ ...
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How do you rotate a Fock state qubit?

I read that a qubit can be encoded in a Fock state, such as the presence or absence of a photon. How do you perform single qubit rotations on Fock states?
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How to compute the average value $\langle X_1 Z_2\rangle$ for a two-qubit system?

Show that the average value of the observable $X_1Z_2$ in a two-qubit system measured in the state $(|00\rangle + |11\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$ is zero. How would we approach this question? I understand that ...
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How are EPR Pairs used in quantum computing?

Context Lately, I have been reading a scholarly paper entitled An Introduction to Quantum Computing for Non-Physicists which discusses the EPR Paradox. The paper states that: Einstein, Podolsky ...
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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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Alternative to Bloch sphere to represent a single qubit

In order to represent the single qubit $|\psi\rangle$ we use an unitary vector in a $\mathbb{C}^2$ Hilbert space whose (one of the) orthonormal base is $(|0\rangle, |1\rangle)$. We can draw $|\psi\...
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Processing density capabilities in a quantum processor

Given the theoretical infinite quantum states that a qbit can be expressed as is there any practical limit to the processing density in any given quantum processor as compared to the absolute limits ...
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What is the difference between superpositions and mixed states?

My understanding so far is: a pure state is a basic state of a system, and a mixed state represents uncertainty about the system, i.e. the system is in one of a set of states with some (classical) ...
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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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What's the difference between a pure and mixed quantum state?

As per my limited understanding, a pure state is the quantum state where we have exact information about the quantum system. And the mixed state is the combination of probabilities of the information ...
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Symmetry of tensor product w.r.t. Vazirani 2-qubit video

Quantum Computing (QC) pioneer Vazirani has graciously long provided some nice videos on an intro to QC. E.g. in "2 qubit gates + tensor product" (2014) he introduces the tensor product w.r.t. QC ...
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Representation of real numbers in quantum computers

In classical binary computers, real numbers are often represented using the IEEE 754 standard. With quantum computers you can of course do this as well - and for measurements this (or a similar ...
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How does evolving a two-qubit state through a CNOT gate entangle them?

Reading into CNOT gate I understand that, mathematically, such a gate entangles the control qubit and the target. (the resulting state is $\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}(|00\rangle+|11\rangle)$) However, looking ...
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What makes quantum computations different from randomized classical computations?

One of the many thing that confuse me in the field of QC is what makes the measurement of a qubit in a quantum computer any different than just choosing at random (in a classical computer) (that's not ...
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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 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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State produced by spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC)

I'm researching SPDC's efficacy for use in an optical quantum computing model and I've been trying to figure out exactly what state the photons are in when they come out (as represented by a vector, ...