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Stabilizer Notation for Spekkens' Toy Theory

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JournalFoundations of Physics
DateE-pub ahead of print - 7 Mar 2012
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)688-708
Original languageEnglish


Spekkens has introduced a toy theory (Spekkens in Phys. Rev. A 75(3):032110, 2007) in order to argue for an epistemic view of quantum states. I describe a notation for the theory (excluding certain joint measurements) which makes its similarities and differences with the quantum mechanics of stabilizer states clear. Given an application of the qubit stabilizer formalism, it is often entirely straightforward to construct an analogous application of the notation to the toy theory. This assists calculations within the toy theory, for example of the number of possible states and transformations, and enables superpositions to be defined for composite systems.

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