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Principles of Logic. Quantum Computation. Electronic Structure. Calcium Ion

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PEREIRA HUNIOR, A.; POLLI, R. S. TRAPPED ION QUANTUM COMPUTING AND THE PRINCIPLES OF LOGIC. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 28, n. 2, p. 559–573, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 10 jun. 2023.


An experimental realization of quantum computers is composed of two or more calcium ions trapped in a magnetic quadripole. Information is transferred to and read from the ions by means of structured lasers that interact with the ions’ vibration pattern, causing changes of energy distribution in their electronic structure. Departing from an initial state when the ions are cooled, the use of lasers modifies the internal state of one ion that is entangled with the others, then changing the collective states. In such quantum computers, some of the physically possible electronic states are avoided or not taken into consideration, to force the system to work as a binary device. In this essay, we discuss the dynamics that the ions could spontaneously display and its possible implications for the principles of computational logics.


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