Yesterday I loaded up my Prius with books, computers, bedsheets, a garbage bag full of underwear, and a summer student named Eyal Dechter, and we drove for twelve hours from Waterloo to MIT. This drive, while historic, was largely uneventful; the main obstacle we encountered along the way was the state of New York. Still, it was good to have someone around to share the driving, argue about the survival prospects of the human race, and point out when I left my parking brake on.
In return for helping deliver me to my new job alive, Eyal asked for just one thing: a list of papers in quantum computing and information that make explicit connections to foundational issues in physics, connections that even a physicist could recognize as such. (If we allowed implicit connections, we’d have to include pretty much every quantum computing paper ever written.)
There are many requests I can’t satisfy, but this isn’t one of them.
[AbramsLloyd] [AharonovJonesLandau] [Bacon] [BlumeKohoutHayden] [BriegelRaussendorf] [CavesFuchsSchack] [vanDam] [FarhiEtAl] [FreedmanKitaevWang] [Fuchs] [GottesmanPreskill] [Hardy] [Hardy] [KitaevMayersPreskill] [LiuChristandlVerstraete] [Lloyd] [Nielsen] [Smolin] [Spekkens] [TerhalDiVincenzo] [TonerBacon] [Vidal]
- The above list was produced by a rigorous selection process, which consisted of listing 21 papers that popped into my head. If I missed your favorite, tell me.
- I deliberately excluded papers that try to sugarcoat esoteric complexity theorems no one would care about otherwise, by throwing around ill-digested physics buzzwords that the author probably saw in a pop-science magazine (for example, [A.] [A.] [A.] [A.] [A.-Ambainis]).