The study of symmetry: groups, subgroups, homomorphisms, and group actions.

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Why a tensor product of 2x2 unitaries cannot implement a 3x3 unitary?

Let $\{v_1, \dotsc, v_m\} \in \mathbb{C}^{2^n}$ be a set of orthonormal vectors. Define a map $R_m$ from $2^n \times 2^n$ to $m \times m$ matrices as follows: $$R_m(M) := \sum_{i,j=1}^m (v_i^*M v_j) ...
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Let $H$ be a subgroup of the group $(R, +)$ such that $H$ $∩$ [-1,1] is a finite set containing a non zero element. Show that $H$ is cyclic.

Observations: Since $H$ is a subgroup of $(R, +)$ so $0 \in H.$ If $1 \in H,$ then all positive integers belong to $H.$ But $H$ is closed wrt addition, so the negative integers must belong to $H$ ...