Dan Stahlke
• Member for 10 years, 9 months
• Last seen more than a month ago

## 83 Actions

comment
Why did the apple explode when spun very fast?
@Ankit It's gotta break somewhere. You can see the crack begins on the surface, then expands perpendicular to the surface. Tug on opposite sides of a piece of silly putty and it'll break in much the same way - the tear will be perpendicular to the surface. So the question is why doesn't the tear go diagonal or curve?
comment
Can double entanglement preserve correlations?
For any given run of the experiment, "either correlated or anticorrelated" is the same thing as "uncorrelated". Think about it: if Bob has two binary numbers, they will always be either correlated or anticorrelated (i.e. they are either the same or different). Alice doesn't get to choose which of those two cases happens. So there is no way Alice can use this to send Bob a message. Therefore it is non-signalling.
awarded
comment
If I have created a polarization-entangled photon source, would I be able to create a qubit?
Cool. If you have entangled photons and are interested in qubits, you should try to do a Bell test experiment.
awarded
comment
Is there a handwavy way to explain what quantum correlation means?
I usually describe hidden variables (particle A and particle B decide how they will respond to various measurements, etc.) then say that quantum goes beyond that. Then they say "can you give a concrete example?" and I explain CHSH. This line of conversation usually does not turn out in a good way. So I too am interested in a better way to explain this.
awarded
accepted
comment
Explanation for the power of quantum computers
@Nathaniel sure, but again there is a subtlety as classical probabilistic "universes" can still interfere constructively, just not destructively. But since you bring up interference I will mention my own paper arXiv:1305.2186.
comment
Explanation for the power of quantum computers
The parallel universes explanation (or the exponential size of state space) is unsatisfactory, in my opinion, since this would also apply to classical probability distributions (which can be viewed as vectors). The difference is that probability distributions admit a hidden variables interpretation. But the distinction between probability distributions and quantum states is subtle. I like the quote that opens Prong 2 of Aaronson's Are Quantum States Exponentially Long Vectors?.
comment
Explanation for the power of quantum computers
By the way, do you have a reference for the "smaller than 1 bit" point of view? I have never heard of this before.
comment
Explanation for the power of quantum computers
Chapter 9 of arXiv:1206.0785 "The Quantum Frontier" lists some of the claimed sources of quantum speedup (not necessarily the ones you list), and explains why these explanations are unsatisfactory.
awarded
revised