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Quantum memory: write, read, reset, and decoherence
Author(s): Tai Tsun Wu
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Paper Abstract

An essential component of any quantum computer is the quantum memory, the content of which is a pure quantum state. A program to study the quantum memory is initiated here, where the spatial variables are of central importance. The presence of the spatial variables makes it possible to apply the powerful and well-developed theory of scattering: The fundamental operations of writing on, reading and resetting the quantum memory are all performed through scattering from the memory. The requirement that the quantum memory must remain in a pure state after scattering implies that the scattering is of a special type, and only certain incident waves are admissible. Models based on the coupled-channel Schrodinger equation for potential scattering are formulated, where there is indeed the required large collection of admissible incident waves. On the basis of these models, certain types of decoherence are unavoidable. Such decoherence and the necessity of using the relativistic Schrodinger equation are discussed. One of the implications of quantum memory is the possible lack of security for the quantum key distribution in quantum cryptography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5105, Quantum Information and Computation, (4 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.486028
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Tai Tsun Wu, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5105:
Quantum Information and Computation
Eric Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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