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Quantum Computers

The basics

Dušan Gajević

- Quantum computers use quantum-mechanical phenomenato represent and process data
- Quantum mechanicscan be described with three basic postulates
- The superposition principle- tells uswhat states are possible in a quantum system
- The measurement principle - tells ushow much information about the state we can access
- Unitary evolution - tells ushow quantum system is allowed to evolve from one state to another

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- Atomic orbitals- an example of quantum mechanics

Electrons, within an atom,exist in quantized energy levels (orbits)

Limiting the total energy…

...limits the electronto k different levels

A hydrogen atom – only one electron

This atom might be usedto store a number between 0 and k-1

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- The superposition principle statesthat if a quantum system can be in one of k states,it can also be placed in a linear superposition of these states with complex coefficients
- Ways to think about superposition
- Electron cannot decide in which state it is
- Electron is in more than one state simultaneously

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- State of a system with k energy levels

“pure” states

“ket psi”

Bra-ket (Dirac) notation

amplitudes

Reminder:

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- A system with 3 energy levels – examples of valid states

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“Very interesting theory – it makes no sense at all”

– Groucho Marx

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- The measurement principle saysthat measurement on the k state systemyields only one of at most k possible outcomesand alters the stateto be exactly the outcome of the measurement

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- It is saidthat quantum state collapses to a classical stateas a result of the measurement

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If we try to measurethis state...

…the system will end up inthis state…

…and we will also get itas a result of the measurement

The probability of a system collapsing to this state is given with

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- This means:
- We can tell the state we will readonly with a certain probability
- Repeating the measurementwill always yield the same result we got this first time
- Amplitudes are lost as soon as the measurement is made, so amplitudes cannot be measured

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- Probability of a system collapsing to a state j is given with
- One might ask,if amplitudes come down to probabilities when the state is measured,why use complex amplitudes in the first place?
- Answer to this will be given later,when we see how system is allowed to evolvefrom one state to another

- One might ask,if amplitudes come down to probabilities when the state is measured,why use complex amplitudes in the first place?

Does the equation

appear more natural now?

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“God does not play dice”

– Albert Einstein

“Don’t tell God what to do”

– Niels Bohr

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- Isolating two individual levels in our hydrogen atomand the qubit(quantum bit) is born

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- Qubit state
- The measurement collapses the qubit state to a classical bit

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- Pure states of a qubitcan be interpreted as orthonormal unit vectorsin a 2 dimensional Hilbert space
- Hilbert space– N dimensional complex vector space

Reminder:

Another way to write a vector –

as a column matrix

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- Column vectors (matrices)

qubit state

pure states

a little bit of math

Reminder: Scalar multiplication

Reminder:Adding matrices

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- System with k energy levelsrepresented as a vector in k dimensional Hilbert space

system state

pure states

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- Let’s consider a system of two qubits –two hydrogen atoms,each with one electron and two "pure" states

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- By the superposition principle,the quantum state of these two atomscan be any linear combination of the four classical states
- Vector representation

- Does this look familiar?

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- Let’s consider the separate states of two qubits, A and B
- Interpreting qubits as vectors,their joint state can be calculated as their cross (tensor) product

Reminder:Tensor product

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- Cross product in Dirac notationis often written in a bit different manner

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Let’s try to decompose

to separate states of two qubits

all four have to be non-zero

It’s impossible!

at least one has to be zero

at least one has to be zero

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- States like the one from the previous exampleare called entangled statesand the displayed phenomenon is called the entanglement
- When qubits are entangled,state of each qubit cannot be determined separately,they act as a single quantum system
- What will happenif we try to measure only a single qubitof an entangled quantum system?

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Let’s take a look at the same example once again

amplitudes

probabilities

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measuring the first qubit

value of the first qubit

measuring the second qubit

value of the second qubit

This remains trueno matter how large the distance between qubits is!

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“Spooky action at a distance”

– Albert Einstein

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- Unitary evolution meansthat transformation of the quantum system statedoes not change the state vector length
- Geometrically,unitary transformation is a rigid body rotation of the Hilbert space

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- It comes downto mappingthe old orthonormal basis states to new ones
- These new statescan be described as superpositions of the old ones

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- Unitary transformation of a single qubit
- Dirac notation
- Matrix representation

Replace the old basis states…

…with new ones

Multiply unitary matrix…

…with the old state vector

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- Example of calculus using Dirac notation

Qubit is in the state…

…applying following (Hadamard) transformation…

…results in the state

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- Example of calculus using matrix representation

Reminder:matrix multiplication

Qubit is in the state…

…applying Hadamard transformation…

…results in the state

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- Unitary matrices satisfy the condition

Conjugate-transpose of U

“U-dagger”

Inverse of U

Reminder:Conjugate-transpose matrix

Reminder:Inverse matrix

Reminder:Complex conjugate

Identity matrix

Reminder:

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- Reversibility is an important propertyof unitary transformation as a function –knowing the output it is always possible to determine input
- What makes an operation reversible?
- AND circuit
- NOT circuit

- What makes an operation reversible?

output

input

1

A=1 B=1

?

0

irreversible

output

input

1

A=0

0

A=1

reversible

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- Reversible operation has to be one-to-one –different inputs have to give different outputs and vice-versa

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- Similar to AND circuitapplies to OR, NAND and NOR,the usual building blocks of classical computers

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- Again, an irreversible operation
- NAND circuit

We say information is “erased” every time output of NAND is 1

Whenever output of NAND is 1

– input cannot be determined

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- Landauer’s principle saysthat energy must be dissipated when information is erased,in the amount
- Even if all other energy loss mechanisms are eliminatedirreversible operations still dissipate energy

- Reversible operationsdo not erase any information when they are applied

Boltzman's constant

Absolute temperature

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- University of California, Berkeley,Qubits and Quantum Measurement and Entanglement, lecture notes,http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs191/sp12/
- Michael A. Nielsen, Isaac L. Chuang,Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2010.
- Colin P. Williams, Explorations in Quantum Computing, Springer, London, 2011.
- Samuel L. Braunstein, Quantum Computation Tutorial, electronic documentUniversity of York, York, UK
- Bernhard Ömer, A Procedural Formalism for Quantum Computing, electronic document, Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 1998.
- Artur Ekert, Patrick Hayden, Hitoshi Inamori,Basic Concepts in Quantum Computation, electronic document,Centre for Quantum Computation, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2008.
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2014.

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