Many worlds, the cluster-state quantum computer, and the problem of the preferred basis

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ISSN: 1355-2198, Vol: 43, Issue: 1, Page: 35-42

Publication Year:
2012
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9043
DOI:
10.1016/j.shpsb.2011.11.007
Author(s):
Michael E. Cuffaro
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV, Elsevier
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Arts and Humanities, Physics and Astronomy
article description
I argue that the many worlds explanation of quantum computation is not licensed by, and in fact is conceptually inferior to, the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics from which it is derived. I argue that the many worlds explanation of quantum computation is incompatible with the recently developed cluster state model of quantum computation. Based on these considerations I conclude that we should reject the many worlds explanation of quantum computation.

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