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Quantum computing in a piece of glass
Author(s): Warner A. Miller; Paul M. Alsing; Grigoriy Kreymerman; Jonathan R. McDonald; Christopher Tison
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Paper Abstract

Quantum gates and simple quantum algorithms can be designed utilizing the diffraction phenomena of a photon within a multiplexed holographic element. The quantum eigenstates we use are the photon's linear momentum (LM) as measured by the number of waves of tilt across the aperture. Two properties of quantum computing within the circuit model make this approach attractive. First, any conditional measurement can be commuted in time with any unitary quantum gate - the timeless nature of quantum computing. Second, photon entanglement can be encoded as a superposition state of a single photon in a higher-dimensional state space afforded by LM. Our theoretical and numerical results indicate that OptiGrate's photo-thermal refractive (PTR) glass is an enabling technology. We will review our previous design of a quantum projection operator and give credence to this approach on a representative quantum gate grounded on coupled-mode theory and numerical simulations, all with parameters consistent with PTR glass. We discuss the strengths (high efficiencies, robustness to environment) and limitations (scalability, crosstalk) of this technology. While not scalable, the utility and robustness of such optical elements for broader quantum information processing applications can be substantial.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8057, Quantum Information and Computation IX, 80570C (3 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883332
Show Author Affiliations
Warner A. Miller, Florida Atlantic Univ. (United States)
Paul M. Alsing, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Grigoriy Kreymerman, Florida Atlantic Univ. (United States)
Jonathan R. McDonald, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher Tison, Florida Atlantic Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8057:
Quantum Information and Computation IX
Eric Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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