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Many Worlds, the Cluster-state Quantum Computer, and the Problem of the Preferred Basis

Cuffaro, Michael (2012) Many Worlds, the Cluster-state Quantum Computer, and the Problem of the Preferred Basis. [Published Article or Volume]

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I argue that the many worlds explanation of quantum computation is not licensed by, and in fact is conceptually inferior to, the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics from which it is derived. I argue that the many worlds explanation of quantum computation is incompatible with the recently developed cluster state model of quantum computation. Based on these considerations I conclude that we should reject the many worlds explanation of quantum computation.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Cuffaro, Michaelmcuffaro@uwo.ca
Keywords: quantum computation; quantum mechanics; many worlds; Everettian interpretation; quantum parallelism; quantum speed up; quantum speedup; quantum speed-up; cluster state; measurement-based; one-way; preferred basis problem
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Michael Cuffaro
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 11:15
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 12:36
Item ID: 8988
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2011.11.007
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8988

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