# Questions tagged [quantum-state]

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 is the eigenvalue distribution of arbitrary unitary matrices?

I had a question regarding the nature of the eigenvalue distribution of unitary matrices. Searching for the answer I found that the unitary matrices which are sampled randomly have a defined ...
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### Distinguishing $\frac{| 0 \rangle + e^{i\theta} |1 \rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$ from $| 0 \rangle/|1 \rangle$ with probability $1/2 + \epsilon$

I am given one copy of one of two quantum states - $\frac{| 0 \rangle + e^{i\theta} | 1 \rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$, for some unknown fixed $\theta$. One of $| 0 \rangle/|1 \rangle$ - don't know which one, ...
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### The expectation of a measurement of qubit 2 after qubit 1 has been measured

In section 1.2.4 (page 13) of these lecture notes http://users.cms.caltech.edu/~vidick/teaching/fsmp/fsmp.pdf, it says \begin{aligned}\left\langle\psi\left|X_{1}^{0} Z_{2} X_{1}^{0}\right| \psi\right\...
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### Why does $(XZ\otimes I)|\Phi^+\rangle$ equal the Bell state $|\Psi^-\rangle$?

I'm slightly confused by the solution provided below by a suggested solution online to convert |$\phi^+$⟩ to |$\psi^-$⟩. I tried doing the operation XZ but I got $\frac{1}{\sqrt2}$(|10⟩-|01⟩) instead ...
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