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On stability of discrete-time quantum filters

Author: Pierre Rouchon
Fidelity is known to increase through a Kraus map: the fidelity between two density matrices is less than the fidelity between their images via a Kraus map. We prove here that, in average, the square of the fidelity is also increasing for a quantum filter: the square of the fidelity between the density matrix of the underlying Markov chain and the density matrix of its associated quantum filter is a super-martingale. Thus discrete-time quantum filters are stable processes and tend to forget their initial conditions.
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