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PolynomialTime Algorithms for Prime Factorization and Discrete Logarithms on a Quantum Computer
 SIAM J. on Computing
, 1997
"... A digital computer is generally believed to be an efficient universal computing device; that is, it is believed able to simulate any physical computing device with an increase in computation time by at most a polynomial factor. This may not be true when quantum mechanics is taken into consideration. ..."
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A digital computer is generally believed to be an efficient universal computing device; that is, it is believed able to simulate any physical computing device with an increase in computation time by at most a polynomial factor. This may not be true when quantum mechanics is taken into consideration. This paper considers factoring integers and finding discrete logarithms, two problems which are generally thought to be hard on a classical computer and which have been used as the basis of several proposed cryptosystems. Efficient randomized algorithms are given for these two problems on a hypothetical quantum computer. These algorithms take a number of steps polynomial in the input size, e.g., the number of digits of the integer to be factored.
Elementary Gates for Quantum Computation
, 1995
"... We show that a set of gates that consists of all onebit quantum gates (U(2)) and the twobit exclusiveor gate (that maps Boolean values (x, y)to(x, x⊕y)) is universal in the sense that all unitary operations on arbitrarily many bits n (U(2 n)) can be expressed as compositions of these gates. We in ..."
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We show that a set of gates that consists of all onebit quantum gates (U(2)) and the twobit exclusiveor gate (that maps Boolean values (x, y)to(x, x⊕y)) is universal in the sense that all unitary operations on arbitrarily many bits n (U(2 n)) can be expressed as compositions of these gates. We investigate the number of the above gates required to implement other gates, such as generalized DeutschToffoli gates, that apply a specific U(2) transformation to one input bit if and only if the logical AND of all remaining input bits is satisfied. These gates play a central role in many proposed constructions of quantum computational networks. We derive upper and lower bounds on the exact number of elementary gates required to build up a variety of two and threebit quantum gates, the asymptotic number required for nbit DeutschToffoli gates, and make some observations about the number required for arbitrary nbit unitary operations.