An Interpreter for Quantum Circuits

Lucas Helms
(University of Wyoming)
Ruben Gamboa
(University of Wyoming)

This paper describes an ACL2 interpreter for "netlists" describing quantum circuits. Several quantum gates are implemented, including the Hadamard gate H, which rotates vectors by 45 degrees, necessitating the use of irrational numbers, at least at the logical level. Quantum measurement presents an especially difficult challenge, because it requires precise comparisons of irrational numbers and the use of random numbers. This paper does not address computation with irrational numbers or the generation of random numbers, although future work includes the development of pseudo-random generators for ACL2.

In Ruben Gamboa and Jared Davis: Proceedings International Workshop on the ACL2 Theorem Prover and its Applications (ACL2 2013), Laramie, Wyoming, USA , May 30-31, 2013, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 114, pp. 85–94.
Published: 26th April 2013.

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