Questions tagged [state-space-geometry]

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How are orthogonal sets of pure states arranged in state space?

It is well known that the state of a (pure) qubit can be described as a point on a two-dimensional sphere, the so-called Bloch sphere. The mapping $\lvert\psi\rangle\mapsto \boldsymbol r_\psi$ that ...
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Why is the boundary of the set of states in the generalised Bloch representation comprised of singular matrices?

Consider an arbitrary qudit state $\rho$ over $d$ modes. Any such state can be represented as a point in $\mathbb R^{d^2-1}$ via the standard Bloch representation: $$\rho=\frac{1}{d}\left(\mathbb I +\...
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Purity of mixed states as a function of radial distance from origin of Bloch ball

@AHusain mentions here that the purity of a qubit state can be expressed as a function of the radius from the center of a Bloch sphere. The state corresponding to the origin is maximally mixed whereas ...
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Homeomorphism or stereographic projection corresponding to the set of mixed states within the Bloch sphere

The Bloch sphere is homeomorphic to the Riemann sphere, and there exists a stereographic projection $\Bbb S^2\to \Bbb C_\infty$. But this only holds for pure states. To quote Wikipedia: Quantum ...
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Can the Bloch sphere be generalized to two qubits?

The Bloch sphere is a nice visualization of single qubit states. Mathematically, it can be generalized to any number of qubits by means of a high-dimensional hypersphere. But such things are not easy ...
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Geometry of qutrit and Gell-Mann matrices

I need some useful sources about the geometry of qutrit. Specifically related to the Gell-Mann matrix representation.