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

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What is the probability of finding the second qubit as $0$ in the state $|\psi\rangle=\frac1{\sqrt2}|00\rangle+\frac12|10\rangle-\frac12|11\rangle$?

Assuming two qubits start in the state: $|\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt 2}|00\rangle + \frac{1}{2}|10\rangle- \frac{1}{2}|11\rangle$ What is the probability of measuring the second qubit as 0? And ...
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What does W stand for in the W entangled state?

For the $|W_3\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}(|001\rangle+|010\rangle+|100\rangle)$, what does W stand for? Does it refer to an author name? Anyone knows a reference? Thanks
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$n$ qubit vs. a $d=2^n$ qudit states and measurements

The pure states of a qudit inhabit the $\mathbb{CP}(d-1)$ manifold. Is it true that the pure states of $n$ qubits live on the $\mathbb{CP}(2^n-1)$ manifold? If the answer to the first question is yes,...
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Is the set of classical-quantum states convex?

I read about the classical-quantum states in the textbook by Mark Wilde and there is an exercise that asks to show the set of classical-quantum states is not a convex set. But I have an argument to ...
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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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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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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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Why does full state reconstruction require at least $N+1$ MUBs?

Consider an $N$-dimensional space $\mathcal H$. Two orthonormal bases $\newcommand{\ket}{\lvert #1\rangle}\{\ket{u_j}\}_{j=1}^N,\{\ket{v_j}\}_{j=1}^N\subset\mathcal H$ are said to be Mutually ...
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Non maximally entangled states for QKD

Why aren't non maximally entangled states produced and used in quantum key distribution schemes? What would be the advantage/disadvantage to use such states rather than maximally entangled ones?