Quantum Fisher information matrix for unitary processes: closed relation for SU(2)

  • Mohammad Javad Shemshadi
  • Seyed Javad Akhtarshenas


Quantum Fisher information plays a central role in the field of quantum metrology. In this paper, we study the problem of quantum Fisher information of unitary processes. Associated with each parameter \(\theta _i\) of unitary process \(U(\varvec{\theta })\), there exists a unique Hermitian matrix \(M_{\theta _i}=i(U^\dagger \partial _{\theta _i} U)\). Except for some simple cases, such as when the parameter under estimation is an overall multiplicative factor in the Hamiltonian, calculation of these matrices is not an easy task to treat even for estimating a single parameter of qubit systems. Using the Bloch vector \(\varvec{m}_{\theta _i}\), corresponding to each matrix \(M_{\theta _i}\), we find a closed relation for the quantum Fisher information matrix of the SU(2) processes for an arbitrary number of estimation parameters and an arbitrary initial state. We extend our results and present an explicit relation for each vector \(\varvec{m}_{\theta _i}\) for a general Hamiltonian with arbitrary parametrization. We illustrate our results by obtaining the quantum Fisher information matrix of the so-called angle-axis parameters of a general SU(2) process. Using a linear transformation between two different parameter spaces of a unitary process, we provide a way to move from quantum Fisher information of a unitary process in a given parametrization to the one of the other parametrizations. Knowing this linear transformation enables one to calculate the quantum Fisher information of a composite unitary process, i.e., a unitary process resulted from successive action of some simple unitary processes. We apply this method for a spin-half system and obtain the quantum Fisher matrix of the coset parameters in terms of the one of the angle-axis parameters.


Quantum metrology Quantum Fisher information Unitary processes SU(2) processes 



The authors would like to thank Fereshte Shahbeigi for helpful discussion and comments. This work was supported by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad under Grant No. 3/44195 (1396/04/17).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran

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