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Questions tagged [unitarity]

For question related to the unitarity (unitary evolution) of quantum systems, as applicable to quantum computing or quantum information

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Unitary acting on standard qubit basis properties

If we have a $U$ (unitary with all real entries) such that: $U|0\rangle =a|0\rangle +b|1\rangle$ What is $U|1\rangle=?$ I know: the definition of what it means to be unitary ie. $U^\dagger U=UU^\...
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What does it mean by qubit can't be copied

What does it mean by ''qubit can't be copied'' ? In a note, it is saying that: Copying a qubit means $$U|\psi\rangle_A|0\rangle_B=|\psi\rangle_A|\psi\rangle_B$$ i.e; applying a unitary ...
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What is the smallest quantum circuit to produce two-qubit state (a,b,b,b)?

How can I synthesis a two-qubit quantum state of the state vector (a,b,b,b) using basic quantum-gate circuit (arbitrary single-qubit rotation and controlled $Z$ gate)? And further, can I know a given ...
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Quantum states are unit vectors… with respect to which norm?

The most general definition of a quantum state I found is (rephrasing the definition from Wikipedia) Quantum states are represented by a ray in a finite- or infinite-dimensional Hilbert space over ...
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Why are quantum gates unitary and not special unitary?

Given that the global phases of states cannot be physically discerned, why is it that quantum circuits are phrased in terms of unitaries and not special unitaries? One answer I got was that it is just ...
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What exactly is a phase vector?

The following $2\times 2$ matrix $$ P = \begin{bmatrix} e^{i\theta} & 0 \\ 0 & e^{i\phi} \end{bmatrix} $$ represents a quantum gate because it's a unitary matrix. If we multiply $P$ by ...
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If all quantum gates must be unitary, what about measurement?

All quantum operations must be unitary to allow reversibility, but what about measurement? Measurement can be represented as a matrix, and that matrix is applied to qubits, so that seems equivalent to ...
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If quantum gates are reversible how can they possibly perform irreversible classical AND and OR operations?

Quantum gates are said to be unitary and reversible. However, classical gates can be irreversible, like the logical AND and logical OR gates. Then, how is it possible to model irreversible classical ...