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Imperfect measurement settings: Implications for quantum state tomography and entanglement witnesses

Publication date2012

Reliable and well-characterized quantum resources are indispensable ingredients in quantum information processing. Typically, in a realistic characterization of these resources, apparatuses come with intrinsic uncertainties that can manifest themselves in the form of systematic errors. While systematic errors are generally accounted for through careful calibration, the effect of remaining imperfections on the characterization of quantum resources has been largely overlooked in the literature. In this paper, we investigate the effect of systematic errors that arise from imperfect alignment of measurement bases—an error that can conceivably take place due to the limited controllability of measurement devices. We show that characterization of quantum resources using quantum state tomography or entanglement witnesses can be undermined with an amount of such imprecision that is not uncommon in laboratories. Curiously, for quantum state tomography, we find that having entanglement can help to reduce the susceptibility to this kind of error. We also briefly discuss how a given entanglement witness can be modified to incorporate the effect of such errors.

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ROSSET, Denis et al. Imperfect measurement settings: Implications for quantum state tomography and entanglement witnesses. In: Physical review, A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 2012, vol. 86, n° 6. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.86.062325
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