Retrodictive fidelities for pure state postselectors

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Two measures of fidelity are proposed for postselecting devices, the retrodictive conditional probability that the state in the measurement arm is the one indicated by the detectors, and the probability that the device produces the state that it would produce if working perfectly. The first is the natural quantity that one wishes to maximize to improve the device operation. The second corresponds more closely with the accurate operation of the device than the more usual overlap-based fidelity. The results are particularly applicable to the types of state preparation and logic gate operation in linear optical quantum computing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number268
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2006


  • fidelity
  • optics
  • retrodictive
  • optical computing
  • quantum computing


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