Event Details

Superposing pure quantum states with partial prior information. Quantum Information Journal Club.

  • 2017-04-13
  • Dr. Shruti Dogra

The principle of superposition is an intriguing feature of Quantum Mechanics, which is regularly exploited at various instances. A recent work [PRL 116, 110403 (2016)] shows that the fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics restrict the superposition of two arbitrary pure states of a quantum system, even though it is possible to superpose two quantum states with partial prior knowledge. The prior knowledge imposes geometrical constraints on the choice of input pure states. We discuss an experimentally feasible protocol to superpose multiple pure states of a $d$ dimensional quantum system and carry out an explicit experimental realization to superpose two single-qubit pure states on a two-qubit NMR quantum information processor.