Implementation of Quantum Search Algorithm using Classical Fourier Optics

N. Bhattacharya, H. B. van Linden van den Heuvell, R. J. C. Spreeuw
2002 Physical Review Letters  
We report on an experiment on Grover's quantum search algorithm showing that classical waves can search a N-item database as efficiently as quantum mechanics can. The transverse beam profile of a short laser pulse is processed iteratively as the pulse bounces back and forth between two mirrors. We directly observe the sought item being found in ∼√(N) iterations, in the form of a growing intensity peak on this profile. Although the lack of quantum entanglement limits the size of our database,
more » ... results show that entanglement is neither necessary for the algorithm itself, nor for its efficiency.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.88.137901 pmid:11955125 fatcat:bs27iyemyrcupgob7j2fdqggse