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Interacting quantum observables
 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2008
"... Abstract. We formalise the constructive content of an essential feature of quantum mechanics: the interaction of complementary quantum observables, and information flow mediated by them. Using a general categorical formulation, we show that pairs of mutually unbiased quantum account on the quantum d ..."
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Abstract. We formalise the constructive content of an essential feature of quantum mechanics: the interaction of complementary quantum observables, and information flow mediated by them. Using a general categorical formulation, we show that pairs of mutually unbiased quantum account on the quantum data encoded in complex phases, and prove a normal form theorem for it. Together these enable us to describe all observables of finite dimensional Hilbert space quantum mechanics. The resulting equations suffice to perform computations with elementary quantum gates, translate between distinct quantum computational models, establish the equivalence of entangled quantum states, and simulate quantum algorithms such as the quantum Fourier transform. All these computations moreover happen within an intuitive diagrammatic calculus. 1
Introducing categories to the practicing physicist. In: What is Category Theory
 Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Logic 30, pp.45–74, Polimetrica Publishing
, 2006
"... We argue that category theory should become a part of the daily practice of the physicist, and more specific, the quantum physicist and/or informatician. The reason for this is not that category theory is a better way of doing mathematics, but that monoidal categories constitute the actual algebra o ..."
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We argue that category theory should become a part of the daily practice of the physicist, and more specific, the quantum physicist and/or informatician. The reason for this is not that category theory is a better way of doing mathematics, but that monoidal categories constitute the actual algebra of practicing physics. We will not provide rigorous definitions or anything resembling a coherent mathematical theory, but we will take the reader for a journey introducing concepts which are part of category theory in a manner that the physicist will recognize them. 1 Why? Why would a physicist care about category theory, why would he want to know about it, why would he want to show off with it? There could be many reasons. For example, you might find John Baez’s webside one of the coolest in the world. Or you might be fascinated by Chris Isham’s and Lee Smolin’s ideas on the use of topos theory in Quantum Gravity. Also the connections between knot theory, braided categories, and sophisticated mathematical physics such as quantum groups and topological quantum field theory might lure you. Or, if you are also into pure mathematics, you might just appreciate category theory due to its incredible unifying power of mathematical structures and constructions. But there is a far more onthenose reason which is never mentioned. Namely, a category is the exact mathematical structure of practicing physics! What do I mean here by a practicing physics? Consider a physical system of type A (e.g. a qubit, or two qubits, or an electron, or classical measurement data) and perform an operation f on it (e.g. perform a measurement on it) which results in a system possibly of a different type B (e.g. the system together with classical data which encodes the measurement outcome, or, just classical data in the case that the measurement destroyed the system). So typically we have
TemperleyLieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to . . .
"... Our aim in this paper is to trace some of the surprising and beautiful connections which are beginning to emerge between a number of apparently disparate topics. ..."
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Our aim in this paper is to trace some of the surprising and beautiful connections which are beginning to emerge between a number of apparently disparate topics.
Kindergarten quantum mechanics — lecture notes
 In: Quantum Theory: Reconsiderations of the Foundations III
, 2005
"... Abstract. These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns ‘doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds’. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substanti ..."
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Abstract. These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns ‘doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds’. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac’s notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of socalled Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I in [3, 4]) which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement [11]. For a survey on the ‘what’, the ‘why ’ and the ‘hows ’ I refer to a previous set of lecture notes [12, 13]. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.
Physics, Topology, Logic and Computation: A Rosetta Stone
, 2009
"... Category theory is a very general formalism, but there is a certain special way that physicists use categories which turns out to have close analogues in topology, logic and computation. A category has objects and morphisms, which represent things and ways to go between things. In physics, the objec ..."
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Category theory is a very general formalism, but there is a certain special way that physicists use categories which turns out to have close analogues in topology, logic and computation. A category has objects and morphisms, which represent things and ways to go between things. In physics, the objects are often physical systems, and the morphisms are processes turning a state of one physical system into a state of another system — perhaps
Quantum Programming Languages: An Introductory Overview
, 2006
"... The present article gives an introductory overview of the novel field of quantum programming languages (QPLs) from a pragmatic perspective. First, after a short summary of basic notations of quantum mechanics, some of the goals and design issues are surveyed, which motivate the research in this area ..."
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The present article gives an introductory overview of the novel field of quantum programming languages (QPLs) from a pragmatic perspective. First, after a short summary of basic notations of quantum mechanics, some of the goals and design issues are surveyed, which motivate the research in this area. Then, several of the approaches are described in more detail. The article concludes with a brief survey of current research activities and a tabular summary of a selection of QPLs, which have been published so far.
Categories for the practising physicist
"... in a somewhat unconventional manner. Our main focus will be on monoidal categories, mainly symmetric ones, for which we propose a physical interpretation. Special attention is given to the category of sets and relations, posetal categories, diagrammatic calculi, strictification, compact categories, ..."
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in a somewhat unconventional manner. Our main focus will be on monoidal categories, mainly symmetric ones, for which we propose a physical interpretation. Special attention is given to the category of sets and relations, posetal categories, diagrammatic calculi, strictification, compact categories, biproduct categories and abstract matrix calculi, internal structures, and topological quantum field theories. In our attempt to complement the existing literature we (on purpose) omitted some very basic topics for which we point to other available sources. 0 Prologue: cooking with vegetables Consider a raw potato. Conveniently, we refer to it as A. Raw potato A admits several states e.g. ‘dirty’, ‘clean’, ‘skinned’,... We usually don’t eat raw potatoes so we need to process A such that it becomes eatable. We refer to this cooked version of A as B. Also B admits several states e.g. ‘boiled’, ‘fried’, ‘baked with skin’, ‘baked without skin’,... Correspondingly, there are several ways to turn raw potato A into cooked potato B e.g. ‘boiling’, ‘frying’, ‘baking’, respectively referred to as f, f ′ and f ′ ′. We make the fact that these cooking processes apply to raw potato A and produce cooked potato B explicit by labelled arrows: A f ✲ B A f ′
Teleportation, Braid Group and Temperley–Lieb Algebra”, quantph/0601050
 23 George Svetlichny, Foundations of Physics
, 1981
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