Introduction to Optical Quantum Information Processing

Introduction to Optical Quantum Information Processing

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Quantum information processing offers fundamental improvements over classical information processing, such as computing power, secure communication, and high-precision measurements. However, the best way to create practical devices is not yet known. This textbook describes the techniques that are likely to be used in implementing optical quantum information processors. After developing the fundamental concepts in quantum optics and quantum information theory, the book shows how optical systems can be used to build quantum computers according to the most recent ideas. It discusses implementations based on single photons and linear optics, optically controlled atoms and solid-state systems, atomic ensembles, and optical continuous variables. This book is ideal for graduate students beginning research in optical quantum information processing. It presents the most important techniques of the field using worked examples and over 120 more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 142 b/w illus. 122 exercises
  • 1139193651
  • 9781139193658

Review quote

'The discussion of cluster state protocols and conditional optical gates is the clearest I have seen. The text includes embedded exercises for the reader, carefully constructed to illustrate important principles. ... The authors make every effort to connect the abstract theory with current experimental practice. ... As optics will necessarily form a part of future quantum information processing networks, this book is required reading for anyone wishing to stay abreast of the ongoing effort to make quantum computing a reality.' Gerard J. Milburn, Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, the University of Queensland 'I have certainly enjoyed browsing through the book by Kok and Lovett. ... I have no doubts that this first comprehensive and well written account of quantum information processing with optical systems will be very much welcomed and appreciated by students and experts alike. ... an excellent overview of the basic insights and techniques ... done in a manner that conveys the intellectual excitement and beauty of the subject.' Artur Ekert, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and National University of Singapore '... good selection of topics ... content is well organised ... The presentation of the book is perfect ... It [is] hard not to notice the care the authors [have] given to the diagrams and plots, a rare quality of books these days.' Contemporary Physicsshow more

Table of contents

Part I. Quantum Optics and Quantum Information: 1. The quantum theory of light; 2. Quantum information processing; 3. Figures of merit; Part II. Quantum Information in Photons and Atoms: 4. Photon sources and detectors; 5. Quantum communication with single photons; 6. Quantum computation with single photons; 7. Atomic quantum information carriers; Part III. Quantum Information in Many-Body Systems: 8. Quantum communication with continuous variables; 9. Quantum computation with continuous variables; 10. Atomic ensembles in quantum information processing; 11. Solid state quantum information carriers; 12. Decoherence of solid state qubits; 13. Quantum metrology; Appendices; References; more

About Pieter Kok

Pieter Kok is a Lecturer in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, and his Ph.D. thesis won the Institute of Physics Quantum Electronics and Photonics thesis award in 2001. Brendon Lovett is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Materials, the University of Oxford. He has been a visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia and is an academic visitor at the National University of more