Faculty Advisor

Aravind, Padmanabhan K.

Abstract

The objective of this project is to use the Majorana description of a spin-1 system to examine many of its properties. In the Majorana approach, an arbitrary pure state of a spin-1 system is represented by a pair of points on the unit sphere, or a pair of unit vectors. An expression is derived for the squared overlap of two states in terms of their Majorana (or M-) vectors and used to work out all the orthogonalities and bases that are possible for the three geometrically distinct types of spin-1 states. Finally, a geometrical construction is given of a set of mutually unbiased bases for a spin-1 system. The applications of this result to problems in quantum information are mentioned.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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