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Questions tagged [photonics]

It is the branch of physics and engineering concerned with the properties and transmission of photons. Use this tag for those questions about photonics which are relevant to quantum computing.

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Time-bin encoding qudits

Time-bin encoding is a technique used in Quantum information science to encode a qubit of information on a photon. Wikipedia Is there a generalization for $n$-th level qudits?
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Photonic XOR Games

I am particularly interested in XOR Games & was wondering if any work has been done in the field of photonic (optical) computing regarding them.
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Polarization and qubit information

It is my understanding that light, and its polarization, is used to transfer information in quantum computers, but how can the information encoded in say, an electron also be stored in light? I ...
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Do any educational quantum computing toys or devices exist?

Question inspired by this article from IEEE Spectrum on blocks containing different polarization filters for use in classrooms, and my previous question on representing the three-polarizing-filter ...
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Analyzing the three-polarizing-filter experiment as a quantum circuit

In the three-polarizing-filter experiment, two orthogonal polarizing filters block all light but then allow some amount when a third polarizing filter is placed oriented at a 45 degree angle between ...
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What about BosonSampling can be publicly verified?

Boson Sampling, sometimes stylized as BosonSampling, is an attractive candidate problem to establish quantum supremacy; the engineering problems appear more surmountable than those associated with a ...
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What does negative probability represent?

"Negative energies and probabilities should not be considered as nonsense. They are well-defined concepts mathematically, like a negative of money." -Paul Dirac The abstract from Photon-phonon-photon ...
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Photonic Circuit Idea (Does this already exist?)

I have had a few ideas for circuits that I would like to get feedback on (do such things already exist, what utility they serve, etc). Any suggestions on how I might graphically render these? ...
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Is it possible to “calculate” the absolute value of a permanent using Boson Sampling?

In boson sampling, if we start with 1 photon in each of the first $M$ modes of an interferometer, the probability of detecting 1 photon in each output mode is: $|\textrm{Perm}(A)|^2$, where the ...