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How does one obtain amplitude information in Q#?

Is it possible to obtain amplitude information (in lexicographic ordering) for a particular qubit register in Q#? For example, in the following code: ...
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Classical Memory enough to store states up to 40 qubits quantum system?

As a part of a discussion with my 'classical' friend, he insisted that making a a state machine for calculating the outcome of quantum computer is possible; so, simply calculate the outcomes of (known)...
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Finding the maximum number of Q# simulatable qubits

I'm new to Q# and I was curious on how one would find the number of Q# simulatable qubits for a specific machine. I know Microsoft has an approximation of 16GB ~ 30 qubits but I wanted a better ...
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Are quantum simulators like Microsoft Q# actually using quantum mechanics in their chips?

Unlike Google's Bristlecone or IBM's Qbit computer, do simulators like Q# or Alibaba really use quantum mechanics anywhere in their physical chips? Are they just defining properties using a classical ...
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Incorrectly Calculating Probability Amplitudes for 3-qbit Circuit

I’m trying to calculate the probability amplitudes for this circuit: My Octave code is: ...
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Can we perform quantum mechanical simulations using a quantum computer?

I'm a computer science major who's really keen on physics and quantum mechanics. I have started learning about Q# and D-Wave, but I just wanted to know if it's possible to test quantum mechanical ...
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What are the preferred numerical methods to simulate the evolution of a state through a time-dependent Hamiltonian?

Under the influence of a time-independent Hamiltonian $H$, a state $|\psi\rangle$ will evolve after a time $t$ to the final state $|\psi(t)\rangle=e^{-iH t}|\psi\rangle$, while in the most general ...
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Application of classical approximate optimization algorithm to bottlenecks of quantum computing

According to J. Gough, one of the bottlenecks in the current development of large-scale quantum computing may be the lack of our ability to simulate large scale quantum system, which is a NP-hard ...
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Hamiltonian simulation with complex coefficients

As part of a variational algorithm, I would like to construct a quantum circuit (ideally with pyQuil) that simulates a Hamiltonian of the form: $H = 0.3 \cdot Z_3Z_4 + 0.12\cdot Z_1Z_3 + [...] + - ...
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How many qubits are simulable with a normal computer and freely accessible simulators?

I want to simulate an arbitrary isolated quantum circuit acting on $n$ qubits (i.e. a pure state of $n$ qubits). As I know RAM is the bottleneck for quantum simulators, you can consider a "normal" ...
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What are some good quantum computing simulator and visualiser? [duplicate]

I am looking for some good software to simulate quantum computing, visually if possible. I know about quirk (http://algassert.com/quirk) and IBM Q Experience (https://quantumexperience.ng.bluemix....
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Error: Simulation of “Quantum algorithm for linear systems of equations” for $4\times 4$ systems on Quirk (without SWAP) - Global phase

Following @DaftWullie's answer I tried to simulate the circuit given in Fig. 4 of the paper (arXiv pre-print): Quantum circuit design for solving linear systems of equations (Cao et al, 2012), on ...
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Why does (almost) every pair of Hamiltonians generate, through repeated commutation, the whole space of Hermitian matrices?

In [1], the problem of simulating a Hamiltonian using repeated applications of a different set of Hamiltonians is discussed. In particular, let $A$ and $B$ be a pair of Hermitian operators, and let $\...
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Hamiltonian simulation is BQP-complete

Many papers assert that Hamiltonian simulation is BQP-complete (e.g., Hamiltonian simulation with nearly optimal dependence on all parameters and Hamiltonian Simulation by Qubitization). It is easy ...
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Is it possible to simulate a quantum computer in Virtual Reality? If yes, how?

There have been a couple of simulations already made and I recently saw this high performance, hardware accelerated quantum computer simulator QCGPU and started to wonder about how to simulate quantum ...
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What do we mean by parity of qubits?

I am currently reading "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" by Nielsen and Chuang. In the section about Quantum Simulation, they give an illustrative example (section 4.7.3), which I don't ...
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Obtaining gate $e^{-i\Delta t Z}$ from elementary gates

I am currently reading "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" by Nielsen and Chuang. In the section about Quantum Simulation, they give an illustrative example (section 4.7.3), which I don't ...
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Simulating Clifford + few-T circuits

I want to simulate large stabilizer circuits (H/S/CNOT/MEASURE/feedforward) with a small number of T gates mixed in. How can I do this in a way that scales exponentially only in the number of T gates? ...
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Explicit Lieb-Robinson Velocity Bounds

Lieb-Robinson bounds describe how effects are propagated through a system due to a local Hamiltonian. They are often described in the form $$ \left|[A,B(t)]\right|\leq Ce^{vt-l}, $$ where $A$ and $B$ ...
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Is there any source which tabulates quantum computing algorithms for simulating physical systems?

I was wondering if there is a source (online or review article) which tabulates recent algorithms, and their complexities, used in simulating various physical systems. Something along the lines of: ...
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What would a very simple quantum program look like?

After reading the "first programmable quantum photonic chip". I was wondering just what software for a computer that uses quantum entanglement would be like. Is there any example of code for specific ...
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Do real commercial quantum computers exist?

We have been reading about quantum computers being developed and tested in labs. And also, we have quantum simulator programs that use limited virtual qubits (up to 30-40 qubits if cloud-based). And ...
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Is the universe indistinguishable from a giant quantum computer? [closed]

Seth Lloyd, a professor of mechanical engineering and physics at MIT, published a paper and a book in which he shows that the universe can be regarded as a giant quantum computer. According to him, ...
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New algorithm for faster QC simulation by IBM

This new algorithm for QC calculation was introduced recently (2017 4Q) by IBM/ Pednault et al. to great fanfare. The paper seems more couched in the language of physics. Are there any basic ...
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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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Building a quantum computer in simulation

If one wants to start building a quantum computer from scratch inside simulations (like how people get to build a classical computer from scratch in the Nand2Tetris course), is it possible? If yes, ...
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How much memory is required to simulate a 48-qubit circuit?

This CDMTCS Report 514, 2017 entitled "The Road to Quantum Computational Supremacy" states (in Section 6) that the amount of memory needed to simulate random quantum circuits on classical computers ...
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Can a quantum computer simulate a normal computer?

Similar to the question Could a Turing Machine simulate a quantum computer?: given a 'classical' algorithm, is it always possible to formulate an equivalent algorithm which can be performed on a ...
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Can we synthesize quantum many body systems with quantum computers quickly in the general case?

Quantum computing can be used to efficiently simulate quantum many-body systems. Solving such a problem is classically hard because its complexity grows exponentially with the problem size (roughly ...
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Simulating a system inside a system

The minimum size of a computer that could simulate the universe would be the universe itself. This is quite a pretty big theory in classical computing and physics because to contain the information ...
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Can a Turing machine simulate a quantum computer?

I know that a Turing machine1 can theoretically simulate "anything", but I don't know whether it could simulate something as fundamentally different as a quantum-based computer. Are there any ...