Lecture 013 - Adding and Deleting Qubits

Adding and Deleting Qubits

Unentangled Qubits

Independence: Pr\{A = a \cap B = b\} = Pr\{A = a\} \cdot Pr\{B = b\}

Dirty Secret Theorem: if two things are made completely separately, they are independent.

Tensor (\otimes): an operation to write two quantum states.

\begin{align*} &(r|0\rangle + s|1\rangle) \otimes (x|0\rangle + y|1\rangle)\\ =& rx|00\rangle + ry|01\rangle + sx|10\rangle + sy|11\rangle\\ \end{align*}


Note \otimes is not commutative but associative

For a two qubit state to be unentangled, there must exist r, s, x, y such that

\begin{bmatrix} r\\ s\\ \end{bmatrix} \otimes \begin{bmatrix} x\\ y\\ \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} rx\\ ry\\ sx\\ sy\\ \end{bmatrix}

For any qubit state a, b is unentangled, iff you can write the state into a \otimes b.

Un-normalized State

If x|00\rangle + y|01\rangle + z|10\rangle + w|11\rangle is un-normalized state, we can normalize it by dividing the state by \sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2 + w^2} // QUESTION: is this true for complex?

A state is normalized iff |x|^2 + |y|^2 + |z|^2 + |w|^2 = 1

Since multiplication by a constant does not change the representation (as long as the normalized version correspond to unit length), we can make the constant (for any c \neq 0) by negative. Therefore, multiplying a state by -1 is the same as the original state.

|v\rangle and -|v\rangle correspond to the same physical state. Just like the same fractions can be written in different ways.

Deleting Qubits by Measureing

In a qubit system, if we measure a qubit x|00\rangle + y|01\rangle + z|10\rangle + w|11\rangle, we simply delete the portion that contradict to our result and normalize the new state: if we measure the first bit A...

Measuring n qubit together in any order yields the same result.

Measureing a qubit will disentangle the qubit from others. If a qubit is disentangled, we can treat the qubit as if it is not in the system.

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