Optimality of feedback control for qubit purification under inefficient measurement
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Optimality of feedback control for qubit purification under inefficient measurement

  • Author(s): Jiang, Yuxiao
  • Wang, Xiyue
  • Martin, Leigh
  • Whaley, K Birgitta
  • et al.
Abstract

A quantum system may be purified, i.e., projected into a pure state, faster if one applies feedback operations during the measurement process. However existing results suggest that such an enhancement is only possible when the measurement efficiency exceeds 0.5, which is difficult to achieve experimentally. We address the task of finding the global optimal feedback control for purifying a single qubit in the presence of measurement inefficiency. We use the Bloch vector length, a more physical and practical quantity than purity, to assess the quality of the state, and employ a backward iteration algorithm to find the globally optimal strategy. Our results show that a speedup is available for quantum efficiencies well below 0.5, which opens the possibility of experimental implementation in existing systems.

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