# Questions tagged [quantum-state]

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

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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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### How to show a density matrix is in a pure/mixed state?

Say we have a single qubit with some density matrix, for example lets say we have the density matrix $\rho=\begin{pmatrix}3/4&1/2\\1/2&1/2\end{pmatrix}$. I would like to know what is the ...
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### What is the quantum circuit to prepare a Bell state?

I was watching some lectures on qubits. They were talking about how to generate a Bell state. They described it as follows: Prepare state 00: $$\left |0 \right> \otimes \left |0 \right>$$ Apply ...
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### What is the stabilizer rank of the W state?

The $n$ qubit $W$ state is defined here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W_state The stabilizer rank of a quantum state $|\psi\rangle$ is the minimal $r$ such that |{\psi}\rangle = \...
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### What is the smallest quantum circuit to produce two-qubit state (a,b,b,b)?

How can I synthesis a two-qubit quantum state of the state vector (a,b,b,b) using basic quantum-gate circuit (arbitrary single-qubit rotation and controlled $Z$ gate)? And further, can I know a given ...
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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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### 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 ...
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### How is the quantum relative entropy $S(\rho\|\sigma)$ defined when $\sigma$ is a pure state?

I want to evalualte the quantum relative entropy $S(\rho|| \sigma)=-{\rm tr}(\rho {\rm log}(\sigma))-S(\rho)$, where $\sigma=|\Psi\rangle\langle\Psi|$ is a density matrix corresponding to a pure state ...
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### Solving linear systems represented by NxN matrices with N not power of 2

As far as I have seen, when it comes to solving linear systems of equations it is assumed to have a matrix with a number of rows and columns equal to a power of two, but what if it is not the case? ...
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### Quantum circuit for computing fidelity

Suppose we use Uhlmann-Jozsa fidelity $$F(\rho, \sigma):=\left(\mathrm{tr}\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho}\sigma\sqrt{\rho}}\right)^2.$$ Can we construct a quantum circuit that helps us calculate the fidelity of ...
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### Are projective measurements the only optimal measurements to discriminate between two states?

Consider two density matrices $\rho$ and $\sigma$. The task is to distinguish between these two states, given one of them --- you do not know beforehand which one. There is an optimal measurement to ...
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### Bob applies a projector - what happens to eigenvalues of Alice's reduced state?

Suppose Alice and Bob share a state $\rho_{AB}$. Let us denote the reduced states as $\rho_A = \text{Tr}_B(\rho_{AB})$ and $\rho_B = \text{Tr}_A(\rho_{AB})$. Bob applies a projector so the new global ...
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### What is the intuition behind "states with support on orthogonal subspaces"?

I'm sure I don't fully understand support, but I am having trouble seeing how it connects to things like density operators. I have an idea that it means, according to Wikipedia: "In mathematics, ...
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