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Universal Quantum Measurements

Brody, Dorje C and Hughston, Lane P (2015) Universal Quantum Measurements In: International Conference on 'Quantum Control, Exact or Perturbative, Linear or Nonlinear' to celebrate 50 years of the scientific career of Professor Bogdan Mielnik (Mielnik50) 22–24 October 2014, Mexico City, Mexico.


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We introduce a family of operations in quantum mechanics that one can regard as "universal quantum measurements" (UQMs). These measurements are applicable to all finite dimensional quantum systems and entail the specification of only a minimal amount of structure. The first class of UQM that we consider involves the specification of the initial state of the system—no further structure is brought into play. We call operations of this type "tomographic measurements", since given the statistics of the outcomes one can deduce the original state of the system. Next, we construct a disentangling operation, the outcome of which, when the procedure is applied to a general mixed state of an entangled composite system, is a disentangled product of pure constituent states. This operation exists whenever the dimension of the Hilbert space is not a prime, and can be used to model the decay of a composite system. As another example, we show how one can make a measurement of the direction along which the spin of a particle of spin s is oriented (s = 1/2, 1,...). The required additional structure in this case involves the embedding of CP1 as a rational curve of degree 2s in CP2s.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Authors :
Brody, Dorje
Hughston, Lane P
Date : 2015
DOI : 10.1088/1742-6596/624/1/012002
Copyright Disclaimer : Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd
Depositing User : Claudio Svaluto
Date Deposited : 18 Sep 2018 13:38
Last Modified : 18 Sep 2018 13:38

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