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ERRATUM: The D-Wave machine is a qubit-based quantum computer. I wanted to contrast it with gate-based, universal quantum computers.

Addition to “The core idea” slide: Here, the phrase “multiple classical states” means classical states that are mutually exclusive, that is, according to our everyday intuition, shouldn’t co-exist simultaneously. Also, isolation is very important: formally, quantum mechanics assigns a state (vector) only to isolated physical systems. Whenever I later say that a system “has a quantum state”, it is implicitly understood that the system is isolated (with the caveat that when the quantum state happens to be a classical one, we allow that the system might not be isolated, as no “extreme effort” is needed to create a classical state). The quantum-state concept can be extended to non-isolated physical systems as well (see the EPR pair below for justification), using the so-called density-matrix formalism instead of vectors, but that is out of scope for this talk.

Addition to the “Entanglement – The EPR pair” slides: Quantum mechanics guarantees that any isolated system has a quantum state (vector) of its own. To make the example clearer, notice that on the slide the EPR pair as a whole is isolated (because it “has a quantum state” which isn’t classical). Then, the fact that the two individual qubits cannot have their own states implies that they are NOT isolated from each other (within the EPR-pair system). Curiously, this means that a single qubit of an EPR pair isn’t isolated but isn’t in a classical state either… the density-matrix formalism mentioned above was invented to be able to ascribe a quantum state even in such situations.

Addition to the “Quantum gates & information” slides: We assume that before applying the gate U, the state of the environment is independent of |ψ>. So if our “detective” is only allowed to examine the environment to figure out |ψ>, then applying a quantum gate won’t help her, as she still won’t be able to correlate |ψ> with the new state of the environment.

Posted on 2021-05-16 by admin

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