How is quantum superposition different from mixed state?
is a pure state. Meaning, there’s not a 50% chance the system is in the state and a 50% it is in the state . There is a 0% chance that the system is in either of those states, and a 100% chance the system is in the state .
The point is that these statements are all made before I make any measurements.
— edited Jan 20 ’15 at 9:54
— answered Oct 12 ’13 at 1:42
Given a state, mixed or pure, you can compute the probability distribution for measuring eigenvalues , for any observable you want. The difference is the way you combine probabilities, in a quantum superposition you have complex numbers that can interfere. In a classical probability distribution things only add positively.
— Andrew Oct 12 ’13 at 14:41
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