# Questions tagged [textbook-and-exercises]

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### Can arbitrary matrices be decomposed using the Pauli basis? [duplicate]

Is it possible to decompose a hermitian and unitrary matrix $A$ into the sum of the Pauli matrix Kronecker products? For example, I have a matrix 16x16 and want it to be decomposed into something ...
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### How is it possible to guess what state the qubit was in by measuring it?

Let's say that the qubit is in the state $\psi = \alpha|0\rangle+\beta|1\rangle$. We want to find out the values $\alpha$ and $\beta$. If we measure it in, say, the standard basis, then the outcome we ...
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### How to find the operator sum representation of the depolarizing channel?

In Nielsen and Chuang (page:379), it is shown that the operator sum representation of a depolarizing channel $\mathcal{E}(\rho) = \frac{pI}{2} + (1-p)\rho$ is easily seen by substituting the identity ...
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### Show that $I = \frac{\rho + \sigma_x\rho\sigma_x +\sigma_y\rho\sigma_y + \sigma_z\rho\sigma_z}{2}$ for all states $\rho$

I am trying to show that for any qubit state p, the following holds: $$I = \frac{\rho + \sigma_x\rho\sigma_x +\sigma_y\rho\sigma_y + \sigma_z\rho\sigma_z}{2}$$ I have tried different manipulations,...
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### How to compute the tensor product of the depolarizing channel with the identity?

Consider two quantum systems A and B, B goes through a depolarizing noise channel, while A is not changed, i.e., they go through the channel $\mathbb{I}_A \otimes \mathcal{E_{\text{depol}}}$. If the ...
As discussed in Watrous' book, quantum-to-classical channels are CPTP maps whose output is always fully depolarised. These can always be written as \Phi_\mu(X) = \sum_a \langle X,\mu(a)\rangle E_{a,...