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Analogue Quantum Simulation: A Philosophical Prospectus

Hangleiter, Dominik and Carolan, Jacques and Thebault, Karim P Y (2017) Analogue Quantum Simulation: A Philosophical Prospectus. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper provides the first systematic philosophical analysis of an increasingly important part of modern scientific practice: analogue quantum simulation. We introduce the distinction between `simulation' and `emulation' as applied in the context of two case studies. Based upon this distinction, and building upon ideas from the recent philosophical literature on scientific understanding, we provide a normative framework to isolate and support the goals of scientists undertaking analogue quantum simulation and emulation. We expect our framework to be useful to both working scientists and philosophers of science interested in cutting-edge scientific practice.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Hangleiter, Dominikdominik.hangleiter@fu-berlin.de
Carolan, Jacquescarolanj@mit.edu
Thebault, Karim P Ykarim.thebault@bristol.ac.uk
Keywords: understanding, quantum simulation, scientific methodology, computer simulation
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dominik Hangleiter
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2017 23:09
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2017 23:09
Item ID: 14210
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 15 December 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14210

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