What is a quantum simulator?


Johnson, T. H., Clark, S. R. and Jaksch, D., 2014. What is a quantum simulator? EPJ Quantum Technology, 1 (10), 10.

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Quantum simulators are devices that actively use quantum effects to answer questions about model systems and, through them, real systems. Here we expand on this definition by answering several fundamental questions about the nature and use of quantum simulators. Our answers address two important areas. First, the difference between an operation termed simulation and another termed computation. This distinction is related to the purpose of an operation, as well as our confidence in and expectation of its accuracy. Second, the threshold between quantum and classical simulations. Throughout, we provide a perspective on the achievements and directions of the field of quantum simulation.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsJohnson, T. H., Clark, S. R. and Jaksch, D.
Uncontrolled Keywordsquant-ph
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Physics
ID Code47163
Additional Information13 pages, 2 figures


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