# Quantum computer

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**quantum computer**is a device forcomputation that makes direct use of distinctivelyquantum mechanical phenomena , such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. In a classical (or conventional) computer, information is stored asbit s; in a quantum computer, it is stored asqubit s (**qu**antum**bi**nary digi**ts**). The basic principle of quantum computation is that the quantum properties can be used to represent and structure data, and that quantum mechanisms can be devised and built to perform operations with these data. [*" [*]*http://www.media.mit.edu/physics/publications/papers/98.06.sciam/0698gershenfeld.html Quantum Computing with Molecules*] " article inScientific American byNeil Gershenfeld andIsaac L. Chuang - a generally accessible overview of quantum computing and so on.Although quantum computing is still in its infancy, experiments have been carried out in which quantum computational operations were executed on a very small number of

qubit s. Both practical and theoretical research continues with interest, and many national government and military funding agencies support quantum computing research to develop quantum computers for both civilian and national security purposes, such ascryptanalysis . [*[*]*http://qist.lanl.gov/qcomp_map.shtml Quantum Information Science and Technology Roadmap*] for a sense of where the research is heading.If large-scale quantum computers can be built, they will be able to solve certain problems much faster than any of our current classical computers (for example

Shor's algorithm ). Quantum computers are different from othercomputers such as DNA computers and traditional computers based ontransistor s. Some computing architectures such asoptical computer s [*[*] may use classical superposition of electromagnetic waves. Without some specifically quantum mechanical resources such as entanglement, it is conjectured that an exponential advantage over classical computers is not possible.cite journal*http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:10849/n9905086.pdf One photon*]Grover algorithm

author =Lieven M.K. Vandersypen et al.

title = Separability of Very Noisy Mixed States and Implications for NMR Quantum Computing

journal = Phys. Rev. Lett

volume = 83

pages = 1054–1057

date = 1999

doi = 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1054]**Basis**A classical computer has a memory made up of

bit s, where each bit holds either a one or a zero. A quantum computer maintains a sequence ofqubit s. A single qubit can hold a one, a zero, or, crucially, aquantum superposition of these; moreover, a pair of qubits can be in a quantum superposition of 4 states, and three qubits in a superposition of 8. In general a quantum computer with n qubits can be in up to $2^n$ different states simultaneously (this compares to a normal computer that can only be in "one" of these $2^n$ states at any one time). A quantum computer operates by manipulating those qubits with a fixed sequence of quantum logic gates. The sequence of gates to be applied is called a "quantum algorithm".An example of an implementation of qubits for a quantum computer could start with the use of particles with two spin states: "up" and "down" (typically written $|\{uparrow\}\; angle$ and $|\{downarrow\}\; angle$, or $|0\; angle$ and $|1\; angle$). But in fact any system possessing an

observable quantity "A" which is "conserved" under time evolution and such that "A" has at least two discrete and sufficiently spaced consecutiveeigenvalue s, is a suitable candidate for implementing a qubit. This is true because any such system can be mapped onto an effective date = 2007 | pages = p157 |isbn = 2746215160]Consider first a classical computer that operates on a three-bit register. The state of the computer at any time is a probability distribution over the $2^3=8$ different three-bit strings 000, 001, ..., 111—thus it is described by eight nonnegative numbers ("a","b","c","d","e","f","g","h")—adding up to one.

The state of a three-qubit quantum computer is similarly described by an eight-dimensional vector ("a","b","c","d","e","f","g","h"), called a

wavefunction . However, instead of adding to one, the sum of the "squares" of the coefficient magnitudes, $|a|^2+|b|^2+...+|h|^2$, must equal one. Moreover, the coefficients arecomplex number s that need not be nonnegative. The fact that the coefficients can be negative as well as positive allows for cancellation, orinterference , between different computational paths, and is a key difference between quantum computing and probabilistic classical computing.DiVincenzo (1995).]If you measure the three qubits, then you will observe a three-bit string. The probability of measuring a string will equal the squared magnitude of that string's coefficients. Thus a measurement of the quantum state with coefficients ("a","b",...,"h") gives the classical probability distribution $(|a|^2,\; |b|^2,\; ...,\; |h|^2)$. We say that the quantum state "collapses" to a classical state.

Note that an eight-dimensional vector can be specified in many different ways, depending on what basis you choose for the space. The basis of three-bit strings 000, 001, ..., 111 is known as the computational basis, and is often convenient, but other bases of unit-length,

orthogonal vectors can also be used. Ket notation is often used to make explicit the choice of basis. For example, the state ("a","b","c","d","e","f","g","h") in the computational basis can be written as $a,|000\; angle\; +\; b,|001\; angle\; +\; c,|010\; angle\; +\; d,|011\; angle\; +\; e,|100\; angle\; +\; f,|101\; angle\; +\; g,|110\; angle\; +\; h,|111\; angle$, where, e.g., $|010\; angle$ = (0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0). The computational basis for a single qubit (two dimensions) is $|0\; angle$ = (1,0), $|1\; angle$ = (0,1), but another common basis is the Hadamard basis of $|+\; angle\; =\; left(\; frac\{1\}\{sqrt\{2,\; frac\{1\}\{sqrt\{2\; ight)$ and $|-\; angle\; =\; left(\; frac\{1\}\{sqrt\{2,\; -\; frac\{1\}\{sqrt\{2\; ight)$.Note that although recording a classical state of "n" bits, a 2

^{"n"}-dimensional probability distribution, requires an exponential number of real numbers, practically we can always think of the system as being exactly one of the "n"-bit strings—we just don't know which one. Quantumly, this is no longer the case, and all 2^{"n"}complex coefficients need to be kept track of to see how the quantum system evolves. For example, a 300-qubit quantum computer has a state described by 2^{300}(approximately 10^{90}) complex numbers, more than the number of atoms in theobservable universe .**Operation**While a classical three-bit state and a quantum three-qubit state are both eight-dimensional vectors, they are manipulated quite differently for classical or quantum computation, respectively. For computing in either case, the system must be initialized, for example into the all-zeros string, i.e., (1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0) or $|000\; angle$. In classical randomized computation, the system evolves according to the application of stochastic matrices, which preserve that the probabilities add up to one (i.e., preserve the L1 norm). In quantum computation, on the other hand, allowed operations are unitary matrices, which are effectively rotations (they preserve that the sum of the squares add up to one, the Euclidean or L2 norm). (Exactly what unitaries can be applied depend on the physics of the quantum device.) Consequently, since rotations can be undone by rotating backward, quantum computations are reversible. (Technically, quantum operations can be probabilistic combinations of unitaries, so quantum computation really does generalize classical computation. See

quantum circuit for a more precise formulation.)Finally, upon termination of the algorithm, the result needs to be read off. In the case of a classical computer, we "sample" from the

probability distribution on the three-bit register to obtain one definite three-bit string, say 000. Quantumly, we "measure" the three-qubit state, which is equivalent to collapsing the quantum state down to a classical distribution (with the coefficients in the classical state being the squared magnitudes of the coefficients for the quantum state, as described above) followed by sampling from that distribution. Note that this destroys the original quantum state. Many algorithms will only give the correct answer with a certain probability, however by repeatedly initializing, running and measuring the quantum computer, the probability of getting the correct answer can be increased. For example, running the Shor factorisation algorithm four times will give the correct answer with a very high probability.For more details on the sequences of operations used for various algorithms, see

universal quantum computer ,Shor's algorithm ,Grover's algorithm ,Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm ,quantum Fourier transform ,quantum gate , quantum adiabatic algorithm andquantum error correction .**Potential**Integer factorization is believed to be computationally infeasible with an ordinary computer for large integers that are the product of only a fewprime number s (e.g., products of two 300-digit primes). [*http://modular.fas.harvard.edu/edu/Fall2001/124/misc/arjen_lenstra_factoring.pdf*] By comparison, a quantum computer could efficiently solve this problem usingShor's algorithm to find its factors. This ability would allow a quantum computer to "break" many of the cryptographic systems in use today, in the sense that there would be apolynomial time (in the number of bits of the integer) algorithm for solving the problem. In particular, most of the popular public key ciphers are based on the difficulty of factoring integers (or the relateddiscrete logarithm problem which can also be solved by Shor's algorithm), including forms ofRSA . These are used to protect secure Web pages, encrypted email, and many other types of data. Breaking these would have significant ramifications for electronic privacy and security. The only way to increase the security of an algorithm likeRSA would be to increase the key size and hope that an adversary does not have the resources to build and use a powerful enough quantum computer.A way out of this dilemma would be to use some kind of

quantum cryptography .There are also somedigital signature schemes that are believed to be secure against quantum computers. See for instanceLamport signature s.Besides factorization and discrete logarithms, quantum algorithms offering a more than polynomial speedup over the best known classical algorithm have been found for several problems, including the simulation of quantum physical processes from chemistry and solid state physics, the approximation of Jones polynomials, and solving Pell's equation. There is no mathematical proof that an equally fast classical algorithm cannot be discovered, although this is considered unlikely. For some problems, quantum computers offer a polynomial speedup. The most well-known example of this is "quantum database search", which can be solved by

Grover's algorithm using quadratically fewer queries to the database than are required by classical algorithms. In this case the advantage is provable. Several other examples of provable quantum speedups for query problems have subsequently been discovered, such as for finding collisions in two-to-one functions and evaluating NAND trees.Consider a problem that has these four properties:

# The only way to solve it is to guess answers repeatedly and check them,

# There are "n" possible answers to check,

# Every possible answer takes the same amount of time to check, and

# There are no clues about which answers might be better: generating possibilities randomly is just as good as checking them in some special order.An example of this is apassword cracker that attempts to guess the password for an encrypted file (assuming that the password has a maximum possible length).For problems with all four properties, the time for a quantum computer to solve this will be proportional to the square root of "n" (it would take an average of ("n" + 1)/2 guesses to find the answer using a classical computer.) That can be a very large speedup, reducing some problems from years to seconds. It can be used to attack

symmetric cipher s such asTriple DES and AES by attempting to guess the secret key. Regardless of whether any of these problems can be shown to have an advantage on a quantum computer, they nonetheless will always have the advantage of being an excellent tool for studying quantum mechanical interactions, which of itself is an enormous value to the scientific community.Grover's algorithm can also be used to obtain a quadratic speed-up [over a brute-force search] for a class of problems known asNP-complete .**Challenges**There are a number of practical difficulties in building a quantum computer, and thus far quantum computers have only solved trivial problems. David DiVincenzo, of IBM, listed the following requirements for a practical quantum computer: [

*cite web | url=http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0002077 | title=The Physical Implementation of Quantum Computation | accessdate=2006-11-17 | author=David P. DiVincenzo, IBM | date=2000-04-13*]

* scalable physically to increase the number of qubits

* qubits can be initialized to arbitrary values

* quantum gates faster thandecoherence time

* universal gate set

* qubits can be read easilyTo summarize the problems from the perspective of an engineer, one needs to solve the challenge of building a system which is isolated from everything "except" the measurement and manipulation mechanism. Furthermore, one needs to be able to turn off the coupling of the qubits to the measurement so as to not decohere the qubits while performing operations on them.

**Quantum decoherence**One major problem is keeping the components of the computer in a coherent state, as the slightest interaction with the external world would cause the system to decohere. This effect causes the unitary character (and more specifically, the invertibility) of quantum computational steps to be violated. Decoherence times for candidate systems, in particular the transverse relaxation time T

_{2}(terminology used in NMR andMRI technology, also called the "dephasing time"), typically range between nanoseconds and seconds at low temperature. These issues are more difficult for optical approaches as the timescales are orders of magnitude lower and an often cited approach to overcoming them is optical pulse shaping. Error rates are typically proportional to the ratio of operating time to decoherence time, hence any operation must be completed much more quickly than the decoherence time.If the error rate is small enough, it is thought to be possible to use quantum error correction, which corrects errors due to decoherence, thereby allowing the total calculation time to be longer than the decoherence time. An often cited (but rather arbitrary) figure for required error rate in each gate is 10

^{−4}. This implies that each gate must be able to perform its task 10,000 times faster than the decoherence time of the system.Meeting this scalability condition is possible for a wide range of systems. However, the use of error correction brings with it the cost of a greatly increased number of required qubits. The number required to factor integers using Shor's algorithm is still polynomial, and thought to be between "L" and "L"

^{2}, where "L" is the number of bits in the number to be factored; error correction algorithms would inflate this figure by an additional factor of "L". For a 1000-bit number, this implies a need about 10^{4}qubits without error correction. [*cite web | url=http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0610117 | title=Is Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computation Really Possible? | accessdate=2007-02-16 | author=M. I. Dyakonov, Université Montpellier | date=*] With error correction, the figure would rise to about 102006-10-14 ^{7}qubits. Note that computation time is about $L^2$ or about $10^7$ steps and on 1 MHz, about 10second s. A very different approach to the stability-decoherence problem is to create atopological quantum computer withanyon s, quasi-particles used as threads and relying onbraid theory to form stable logic gates. [*cite journal*] [

title = Topological Quantum Computation

journal = Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

volume = 40

issue = 1

pages = 31–38

last = Freedman

first = Michael

coauthors = Alexei Kitaev, Michael Larsen, Zhenghan Wang

date =2002-10-20

doi = 10.1090/S0273-0979-02-00964-3*Monroe, Don, [*]*http://www.newscientist.com/channel/fundamentals/mg20026761.700-anyons-the-breakthrough-quantum-computing-needs.html "Anyons: The breakthrough quantum computing needs?"*] ,New Scientist , 1 October 2008**Candidates**There are a number of quantum computing candidates, among those:

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Superconductor -based quantum computers (includingSQUID -based quantum computers)citation

url = http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7198/full/nature07128.html

journal = Nature

year = 2008

date =June 19 2008

title = Superconducting quantum bits

first1 = John

last1 = Clarke

first2 = Frank

last2 = Wilhelm

volume = 453

pages = 1031–1042

doi = 10.1038/nature07128]

#Trapped ion quantum computer

#Optical lattice s

#Topological quantum computer

#Quantum dot on surface (e.g. theLoss-DiVincenzo quantum computer )

#Nuclear magnetic resonance on molecules in solution (liquid NMR)

#Solid state NMRKane quantum computer s

#Electrons on helium quantum computers

#Cavity quantum electrodynamics (CQED)

#Molecular magnet

#Fullerene -based ESR quantum computer

#Optic-based quantum computers (Quantum optics )

#Diamond-based quantum computer [*cite web | url=http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/32306/118/ | title=Research indicates diamonds could be key to quantum storage | accessdate=2007-06-04 | author=Wolfgang Gruener, TG Daily | date=2007-06-01*] citation

url = http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/320/5881/1326

journal = Science

year = 2008

date =June 6 2008

title = Multipartite Entanglement Among Single Spins in Diamond

first1 = P.

last1 = Neumann

first2 = N.

last2 = Mizuochi

first3 = F.

last3 = Rempp

first4 = P.

last4 = Hemmer

first5 = H.

last5 = Watanabe

first6 = S.

last6 = Yamasaki

first7 = V.

last7 = Jacques

first8 = T.

last8 = Gaebel

first9 = F.

last9 = Jelezko

first10 = J.

last10 = Wrachtrup

volume = 320

issue = 5881

pages = 1326–1329

doi = 10.1126/science.1157233

pmid = 18535240]

#Bose–Einstein condensate-based quantum computer [*cite web | url=http://www.itpro.co.uk/news/121086/trapped-atoms-could-advance-quantum-computing.html | title=Trapped atoms could advance quantum computing | accessdate=2007-07-26 | author=Rene Millman, IT PRO | date=2007-08-03*]

#Transistor-based quantum computer - string quantum computers with entrainment of positive holes using a electrostatic trap

#Spin-based quantum computer

#Adiabatic quantum computation [*cite web | url=http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0403090 | title=Scalable Superconducting Architecture for Adiabatic Quantum Computation | accessdate=2007-02-19 | author=William M Kaminsky, MIT | date=Date Unknown*]The large number of candidates shows explicitly that the topic, in spite of rapid progress, is still in its infancy. But at the same time there is also a vast amount of flexibility.

In 2005, researchers at the

University of Michigan built asemiconductor chip which functioned as anion trap . Such devices, produced by standardlithography techniques, may point the way to scalable quantum computing tools. [*cite web | url=http://www.umich.edu/news/index.html?Releases/2005/Dec05/r121205b | title= U-M develops scalable and mass-producible quantum computer chip | accessdate=2006-11-17 | author=Ann Arbor | date=2005-12-12*] An improved version was made in 2006.**Quantum computing in computational complexity theory**This section surveys what is currently known mathematically about the power of quantum computers. It describes the known results from

computational complexity theory and thetheory of computation dealing with quantum computers.The class of problems that can be efficiently solved by quantum computers is called

, for "bounded error, quantum, polynomial time". Quantum computers only runBQP **probabilistic**algorithms, so**BQP**on quantum computers is the counterpart ofon classical computers. It is defined as the set of problems solvable with a polynomial-time algorithm, whose probability of error is bounded away from one quarter. A quantum computer is said to "solve" a problem if, for every instance, its answer will be right with high probability. If that solution runs in polynomial time, then that problem is inBPP **BQP**.**BQP**is contained in the complexity class "#P" (or more precisely in the associated class of decision problems "P^{#P}")Bernstein and Vazirani, Quantum complexity theory,SIAM Journal on Computing , 26(5):1411-1473, 1997. [*http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~vazirani/bv.ps*] ] , which is a subclass ofPSPACE .**BQP**is suspected to be disjoint fromNP-complete and a strict superset of**P**, but that is not known. Bothinteger factorization and discrete log are in**BQP**. Both of these problems are**NP**problems suspected to be outside**BPP**, and hence outside**P**. Both are suspected to not be NP-complete. There is a common misconception that quantum computers can solve NP-complete problems in polynomial time. That is not known to be true, and is generally suspected to be false.Quantum gates may be viewed as

linear transformation s. Daniel S. Abrams andSeth Lloyd have shown that if "nonlinear" transformations are permitted, then NP-complete problems could be solved in polynomial time. It could even do so for #P-complete problems. They do not believe that such a machine is possible.Although quantum computers may be faster than classical computers, those described above can't solve any problems that classical computers can't solve, given enough time and memory (albeit possibly an amount that could never practically be brought to bear). A

Turing machine can simulate these quantum computers, so such a quantum computer could never solve anundecidable problem like thehalting problem . The existence of "standard" quantum computers does not disprove theChurch–Turing thesis .**ee also***

List of emerging technologies

*Quantum bus

*Timeline of quantum computing

*Chemical computer

*DNA computer

*Molecular computer **Notes****References***DiVincenzo, David P. (2000). "The Physical Implementation of Quantum Computation". "Experimental Proposals for Quantum Computation". Arxiv | archive=quant-ph | id=0002077.

*cite journal | author=DiVincenzo, David P. | title=Quantum Computation | journal=Science | year=1995 | volume=270 | issue=5234 | pages=255–261 | doi= 10.1126/science.270.5234.255 Table 1 lists switching and dephasing times for various systems.

*cite journal | author=Feynman, Richard | title=Simulating physics with computers | journal=International Journal of Theoretical Physics | volume=21 | pages=467 | year=1982 | doi = 10.1007/BF02650179

*cite book | author=Jaeger, Gregg | title=Quantum Information: An Overview | publisher=Springer | location=Berlin | year=2006 | id=ISBN 0-387-35725-4 [*http://www.springer.com/west/home/physics?SGWID=4-10100-22-173664707-detailsPage=ppmmedia|toc"*]

*cite book | author= Nielsen, Michael and Isaac Chuang | title=Quantum Computation and Quantum Information | publisher=Cambridge University Press | location=Cambridge | year=2000 | id=ISBN 0-521-63503-9

*cite book | author= Singer, Stephanie Frank | title=Linearity, Symmetry, and Prediction in the Hydrogen Atom | publisher=Springer | location=New York | year=2005 | id=ISBN 0-387-24637-1

*cite book | author=Benenti, Giuliano | title=Principles of Quantum Computation and Information Volume 1| publisher=World Scientific | location=New Jersey | year=2004 | id=ISBN 9-812-38830-3

* http://jquantum.sourceforge.net/jQuantumApplet.html Java quantum computer simulator.

* http://www.phys.cs.is.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~watanabe/qcad/index.html Quantum computer emulator.

* [https://gna.org/projects/quantumlibrary Quantum Library] : C++ Library that simulates the behaviour of qubits thus permitting the conception of quantum algorithms**Further reading*** Hamill, Gregory P., [

*http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/artificial-atom-0903.html "MIT probe could aid quantum computing : Spectroscopy, with amplitude"*] , MIT Tech Talk, September 10, 2008 and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, September 3, 2008*

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