# Questions tagged [quantum-state]

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

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### Question on state distinguishability

Consider the following protocol. We are given either $|\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle + |1\rangle)$ or $|\phi\rangle = \alpha_{0} |0\rangle + \alpha_{1}|1\rangle$ where $\alpha_{0}^{2}$ ...
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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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### Interpretation of the unitaries involved in the eigenvalue decomposition of a density operator

If $\rho=\sum_{i}p_{i}|\psi_{i}\rangle\langle \psi_{i}|$, this ensemble doesn't require $\langle \psi_{i}|\psi_{j}\rangle$=0. Given that $\rho$ is positive semi-definite, by the spectral theorem it ...
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### What does $M_m |\psi_i\rangle$ mean in the equation $p(m|i)=\langle\psi_i|M_m^\dagger M_m|\psi_i\rangle$?

I have trouble understanding two equations in the Nielsen & Chuang textbook. Suppose we perform a measurement described by the operator $M_m$. If the initial state is $|\psi_i\rangle$, then the ...
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### What is the matrix for a SWAP operation on two qubits?

Say we want to swap qubits $a$, $b$ in the same register, where $a,b \in \left \{ 0, 1,\cdots, n-1 \right \}$. What would be the corresponding matrix. For those interested, I'm curious about this ...
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### If $|\psi\rangle, U|\psi\rangle$ are known, how many pairs of such qubits are required to find the operator $U$?

Assume that we know a quantum state and the result of applying an unknown unitary $U$ on it. For example, if the quantum states are pure qubits, we know $|\psi\rangle=\alpha|0\rangle+\beta|1\rangle$ ...
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### Understanding a quantum algorithm to estimate inner products

While reading the paper "Compiling basic linear algebra subroutines for quantum computers", here, in the Appendix, the author/s have included a section on quantum inner product estimation. Consider ...