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Mutually unbiased bases in low dimensions

The density matrix of a qudit may be reconstructed with optimal efficiency if the expectation values of a specific set of observables are known. The required observables only exist if it is possible to identify d mutually unbiased (MU) complex (d×d) Hadamard matrices, defining a complete set of d+1 MU bases. This thesis is an exploration of sets of r≤d+1 MU bases in low dimensions. We derive all inequivalent sets of MU bases in dimensions two to five confirming that in these dimensions, the complete sets of (d+1) MU bases are unique. In dimension six, we prescribe a first Hadamard matrix and construct all others mutually unbiased to it, using algebraic computations performed by a computer program. We repeat this calculation many times, sampling all known complex Hadamard matrices, and never find more than two that are mutually unbiased. We also study subsets of a complete set of MU bases by considering sets of pure states which satisfy the desired properties. We use this concept to provide the strongest numerical evidence so far that no seven MU bases exist in dimension six. In the final part of the thesis, we introduce a new quantum key distribution protocol that uses dlevel quantum systems to encode an alphabet with c letters. It has the property that the error rate introduced by an interceptandresend attack is higher than the BB84 or sixstate protocols when the legitimate parties use a complete set of MU bases.
