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Questions tagged [quantum-computer]

The quantum computing tag is relevant for computing that uses quantum states such as superposition and/or entanglement to locate low energy states as solutions to complex problems (rather than laboriously enumerating and checking solutions as would be done with non-quantum traditional computing).

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Recent breakthroughs in quantum computing?

Can anyone explain to me why we have had no major breakthroughs in the theory of quantum computation in the past 15 years? Shor's algorithm set the standard, since then we've had Grover's algorithm ...
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Size of a quantum computer to effectively calculate macroscopic reality from quantum mechanics

Assuming the correctness of QM: Would the size of such a computer be smaller than the observable universe? If it were to represent all available information in the universe it seems that it's minimal ...
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Probabilistic quantum cloning

I have a question with regard to probabilistic quantum cloning - see for example http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v80/i22/p4999_1. It does seems like I can use the proof for no-cloning theorem to ...
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Has anyone actually produced any braided anyons (quasi-particles) yet? (quantum computer)

Quasiparticles theoretically can form braids on a 2D surface. The braids apparently are quite stable for reasonably long periods, allowing a superposition state more time before it decoheres through ...
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Are there any applications of quantum information theory to physics?

Are there any applications of quantum information theory to physics?
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Dirac equation on general geometries?

I have a numerical method for computing solutions to the Dirac equation for a spin 1/2 particle constrained to an arbitrary surface and am interested in finding applications where the configuration ...
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Using delayed choice interference experiments as a computing device

I had an idea how to design a "quantum computer": How about designing interference-experiments where the design of the experiments itself represents algorithmical or mathematical problems that are ...
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Which qubit states are accessible with linear optics operations?

Given a quantum state of $n$ qubits, and being restricted to linear optics (that is, the output annihilation operators are linear combinations of the input annihilation operators): Which states are ...