Physics of Computation: From Classical to Quantum

  • Harry Thomas
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Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 63)

Abstract

In this lecture, I give an introduction into the physics of computation. The emphasis will be on the development of the field, leading from the thermodynamics of computation to reversible computation and to quantum computing, and on the basic physical aspects. The development of the foundations of quantum computing was essentially completed by 1996. I will not cover the vast multitude of applications published after that date. Also the highly interesting areas of quantum cryptography, quantum communications and teleportation remain outside the scope of the present lecture.

Keywords

Entropy Coherence Reso Active Element 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Thomas
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  1. 1.Institut für PhysikUniversität BaselBaselSwitzerland

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