Quantum computing and probability

David K. Ferry

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Over the past two decades, quantum computing has become a popular and promising approach to trying to solve computationally difficult problems. Missing in many descriptions of quantum computing is just how probability enters into the process. Here, we discuss some simple examples of how uncertainty and probability enter, and how this and the ideas of quantum computing challenge our interpretations of quantum mechanics. It is found that this uncertainty can lead to intrinsic decoherence, and this raises challenges for error correction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number474201
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number47
StatePublished - Dec 22 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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