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Questions tagged [superposition]

Quantum superposition is a fundamental principle of quantum mechanics. It states that, much like waves in classical physics, any two (or more) quantum states can be added together ("superposed") and the result will be another valid quantum state; and conversely, that every quantum state can be represented as a sum of two or more other distinct states. Mathematically, it refers to a property of solutions to the Schrödinger equation. (Wikipedia)

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Why do we use the quantum superposition for a period instead of factors in Shor's algorithm?

I understand in Shor's algorithm we use quantum computers to find the period of a function which can then be used to find N, and we increase the probability of observing the state with the correct ...
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Forming states of the form $\sqrt{p}\vert 0\rangle+\sqrt{1-p}\vert 1\rangle$

I'm curious about how to form arbitrary-sized uniform superpositions, i.e., $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{N}}\sum_{x=0}^{N-1}\vert x\rangle$$ for $N$ that is not a power of 2. If this is possible, then one can ...
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How to read Dirac notation (without algebra)?

I have no idea how to read Dirac notation. $$\left|↑↑ \right\rangle \tag{1}$$ $$\left|↑↓\right\rangle+\left|↓↑\right\rangle \tag{2}$$ $$\left|↑↓\right\rangle-\left|↓↑\right\rangle \tag{3}$$ $$\left|↓...
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How to prepare a superposed state where its terms are elements of a sequence?

Define the recursive sequence $x_{i+1} = x_0 x_i \mod 21$, where $x_0 = 2$, and hence $x_1 = x_0 x_0 = 4$, and so on, generating the sequence $[2, 4, 8, 16, 11, 1]$, where the brackets mean it cycles ...
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Is qubit superposition a basis-dependent concept?

The qubit $a\left|0\right>+b\left|1\right>$ is a superposition w.r.t. the basis $\left\lbrace\left|0\right>,\, \left|1\right>\right\rbrace$ because it may collapse to $\left|0\right>$ ...
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What is the post measurement state given an input and the outcome measurement?

Given a two-qubit state of equal superposition, what is the post-measurement state (should be the same number of qubits that have changed as a result of the measurement) on one of the two qubits and ...
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CNOT gate - control qubit is in superposition

If a control qubit is in superposition, how it will affect target qubit if it is collapsed or in superposition? Is it true that CNOT works only if the control bit collapsed to 1? Also, is it possible ...
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How to prepare a superposed states of odd integers from $1$ to $\sqrt{N}$?

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How to properly write the action of a quantum gate implementing an operator $U$ on the superposition of its eigenvectors?

Let's say, that we are in the possession of a quantum gate, that is implementing the action of such an operator $$ \hat{U}|u \rangle = e^{2 \pi i \phi}|u\rangle $$ Moreover, let's say, that this ...
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What's the meaning of applying $U_{\text{div}}$ to a register in superposition?

$\newcommand{\qr}[1]{|#1\rangle}$Say I begin with $10$ q-bits $\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}\qr{+}$ forming a register $B$. Name these q-bits as $b_9, ..., b_2, b_1, b_0$. ...
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Is there a relation between the factorisation of the joint conditional probability distribution and Bell inequality?

[I'm sorry, I've already posted the same question in the physics community, but I haven't received an answer yet.] I'm approaching the study of Bell's inequalities and I understood the reasoning ...
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Advantange of Hadamard gate over rotation about the X axis for creating superpositions

When I look at most circuits (admittedly small sample as I'm a beginner), the Hadamard gate is used a lot to prepare a superposition from say the $\mid0\rangle$ state. But upon a little reflection, we ...
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Does conditional gate collapse controller's superposition?

I've created a simple circuit in Q-Kit to understand conditional gates and outputted states on each step: In the beginning there is clear 00 state, which is the input The first qubit is passed ...
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Compact encoding of Boolean formula as oracle

As in the title, I have a doubt regarding the implementation of a boolean formula used as an oracle for a quantum algorithm. The problem is that so far I could reproduce the formula as a quantum ...
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How can I build a circuit to generate an equal superposition of 3 outcomes for 2 qubits?

Given a $2$ qubit-system and thus $4$ possible measurements results in the basis $\{|00\rangle$, $|01\rangle$, $|10\rangle$, $|11\rangle\}$, how can I prepare the state, where: only $3$ of these $4$ ...
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How to obtain arbitrary distribution in quantum database

I was working on the Grover's algorithm and the most common example is for a unitary distribution in a quantum database, for example: $|\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{2}|00\rangle + \frac{1}{2}|01\rangle + \...
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What is the difference between superpositions and mixed states?

My understanding so far is: a pure state is a basic state of a system, and a mixed state represents uncertainty about the system, i.e. the system is in one of a set of states with some (classical) ...