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6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2008
Unit 13: Quantum Information
||Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 1:00 PM
||Thursday, May 15, 2008, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Closed book except that two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper,
with notes on both sides, are allowed
Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick up a copy
in Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the
6.050J/2.110J Web site
13 Resources (this page)
6.050J / 2.110J Notes
Seth Lloyd, "Quantum-Mechanical Computers," Scientific American, vol. 273,
no. 4, pp. 140-145; October, 1995. An early, very readable description of
T. P. Spiller, "Quantum Information Processing: Cryptography, Computation,
and Teleportation," Proc. IEEE, vol. 84, no. 12, pp. 1719-1746; December,
1996. Although this paper is several years old, it provides an excellent
introduction for students
Isaac L. Chuang, Lieven M. K. Vandersypen, Xinlan Zhou, Debbie W. Leung,
and Seth Lloyd, "Experimental Realization of a Quantum Algorithm," Nature,
vol. 393, p. 6681; 1998
Seth Lloyd, "Quantum-mechanical Maxwell's demon," Physical Review A, vol.
56, no. 5, pp. 3374-3382; November, 1997
"The cost of forgetting," The Economist, December 13, 1997. A popular
summary of this scientific paper
"Quantum Information," Physics World, pp. 35-57; March, 1998. Some popular
articles covering various aspects of quantum information, including quantum
communication, quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and some possible
ways of implementing the ideas
Andrew M. Steane and Wim van Dam, "Physicists Triumph at Guess My Number,"
Physics Today, pp. 35-39; February, 2000. A charming introduction to
superdense coding, in which the transmission of a classical bit can convey
more than a bit of information if the channel is set up in advance using
Richard P. Feynman, "Simulating Physics with Computers," International
Journal of Theoretical Physics, vol. 21, nos. 6/7, pp. 467-488; 1982.
Keynote speech at a conference held at MIT that was one of the first in the
newly developing field of quantum information
Bruce Kane, "Scalable Quantum Computing Using Solid-State Devices," The
Bridge, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 5-8; Winter, 2002. Technologies that might
support quantum information processing and scale to a reasonable number of
Michael Hiltzik, "Harnessing Quantum Bits," Technology Review, vol. 106,
no. 2, pp. 58-63; March, 2003. Story about implementations of quantum
computers from several laboratories
Preskill teaches a
quantum information at Caltech.
Centre for Quantum Computation,
University of Oxford.
An extensive set of
links to tutorials on quantum information.
One of the most active industrial research groups in quantum information is
at IBM Research
Yorktown. This was the home of one of the early leaders in the field,
the late Rolf Landauer, and younger people including
Bennett, who is known for his work on quantum teleportation.
Richard P. Feynman
Feynman, an MIT graduate, was curious about the nature of quantum
There are already many books and conferences on quantum information, even
though the field is new.
Hoi-Kwong Lo, Sandu Popescu, and Tim Spiller, "Introduction to Quantum
Computation and Information," World Scientific, Singapore; 1998. The book
is based on a lecture series held at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol,
UK, November 1996 - April, 1997
Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang, "Quantum Computation and Quantum
Information," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK; 2000. This is
probably the best of the books intended for scientists and engineers.
Chuang, an MIT graduate, is currently on the MIT faculty
Dirk Bouwbeester, Artur Ekert, and Anton Zeilinger, editors, "The Physics
of Quantum Information: Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Teleportation,
Quantum Computation," Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany; 2000
Jeffrey H. Shapiro and Osamu Hirota, editors, "Proceedings of the Sixth
International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and
Computing," July 22-26, 2002, Cambridge, MA; Rinton Press, Princeton, NJ;
George Johnson, "A Shortcut through Time: The Path to the Quantum
Computer," Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY; 2003. This book, written by a
New York Times science writer, is for the general public and may not be
technical enough for some readers
Clerk Maxwell opened up the relationship between information and entropy
by proposing what is called today Maxwell's Demon, which would apparently
violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Maxwell's Demon in its many forms
has captured the imagination of both scientists and the general public.
Leon Brillouin, "Science and Information Theory," Second Edition, Academic
Press Inc, London, England; 1962. Topics include Brownian motion, thermal
noise, information theory, entropy, and the author's personal view of
Harvey S. Leff and Andrew F. Rex, "Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information,
Computing," Adam Hilger, Bristol BS1 6NX, England; 1990. General
historical discussion with many reprints of original papers but not,
regrettably, any of Maxwell's own publications.
Hans Christian von Baeyer, "Maxwell's Demon," Random House, New York;
1998. A very good review for the general public, by a Professor of Physics
at the College of William and Mary, this book was written before the
quantum version of the demon was understood as well as it is today.
6.050J/2.110J students: be the first to suggest a resource, for example a
useful Web site or a good book or article, to add to the list above. Send
your suggestion by e-mail during Spring 2008
to 6.050-staff at mit.edu.
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