Skip to main content

Quantum state discrimination

Buy Article:

$60.90 plus tax (Refund Policy)


There are fundamental limits to the accuracy with which one can determine the state of a quantum system. I give an overview of the main approaches to quantum state discrimination. Several strategies exist. In quantum hypothesis testing, a quantum system is prepared in a member of a known, finite set of states, and the aim is to guess which one with the minimum probability of error. Error free discrimination is also sometimes possible, if we allow for the possibility of obtaining inconclusive results. If no prior information about the state is provided, then it is impractical to try to determine it exactly, and it must be estimated instead. In addition to reviewing these various strategies, I describe connections between state discrimination, the manipulation of quantum entanglement and quantum cloning. Recent experimental work is also discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2000

More about this publication?

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Partial Open Access Content
Partial Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more