Recent theoretical investigations treat quantum computations as functions, quantum processes which operate on other quantum processes, rather than circuits. Much attention has been given to the N-switch function which takes N black-box quantum operators as input, coherently permutes their ordering, and applies the result to a target quantum state. This is something which cannot be equivalently done using a quantum circuit. Here, we propose an all-optical system design which implements coherent operator permutation for an arbitrary number of input operators.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics